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paranoid

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used casually
Definition excessively suspicious that others want to harm you; or excessively fearful
  • Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
paranoid = excessively suspicious that others want to harm you; or excessively fearful
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Mr. Hoo said the tea tasted funny, maybe they had all been poisoned. Denton Deere diagnosed paranoia.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • paranoia = excessive fear of others
  • He was seized with paranoia. "You win war, and you make all Japanese like black slaves!" he shouted at a POW.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • paranoia = excessive fear
  • Roland lumbers back to his corner, but Connor's sure he's monitoring the conversation now, probably paranoid that they're plotting against him.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • paranoid = excessively fearful
  • He wondered if Zigzag was just being paranoid.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • paranoid = excessively suspicious or fearful
  • Was I paranoid to think that when she'd said human beings, what she really meant was me?
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • paranoid = excessively suspicious or fearful
  • Every minute, every hour, there was worry, or more to the point, paranoia. Criminal activity will do that to a person, especially a child.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • paranoia = excessive fear
  • I was getting paranoid.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • paranoid = excessively fearful
  • Hundreds of cages hung from the ceiling, with several seekers in each of them: Redd's bloodhounds, bred out of her distrust and paranoia; creatures with bird-of-prey bodies and the heads of blood-sucking insects.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • paranoia = excessive fear of others
  • She said it had taken her years to convince Tyler to let her immunize their children, because some part of him still believed vaccines are a conspiracy by the Medical Establishment. ... How can he not see beyond their paranoia!
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
paranoia = irrational fear

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used clinically
Definition suffering from a psychological disorder in which one is excessively distrustful of others — thinking "they are out to get me"
  • She was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.
paranoid = relating to a disorder in which one is excessively distrustful of others
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Excessive or prolonged use of the drug can cause paranoid delusions.
  • paranoid = relating to a disorder in which one is excessively distrustful of others
  • The irony was that if Dad was bipolar—or had any of a dozen disorders that might explain his behavior—the same paranoia that was a symptom of the illness would prevent its ever being diagnosed and treated.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • It was perhaps in another such fit of paranoia that Dad fired my mother's sister Angie.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • I reached for some explanation and strange words came to mind, words I'd learned only minutes before: paranoia, mania, delusions of grandeur and persecution.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • I was sitting in Psychology 101 when the professor read the symptoms aloud from the overhead screen: depression, mania, paranoia, euphoria, delusions of grandeur and persecution.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • My parents were one of the largest employers in the county, but from what I could tell Dad's mental state made it difficult for him to maintain employees long-term: when he had a fit of paranoia, he tended to fire people with little cause.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you

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