from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of deluding oneself, or the state of being so deluded.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of deluding one's self, or the state of being thus deluded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The deluding of one's self, or delusion respecting one's self.
We all diet sometimes and we all need a spankingly good line in self-delusion, which is, let's be honest, the primary quality necessary for entering into a fast and excessive weight-loss regime.
The cruelty is unpleasant, but the self-delusion is what really takes the breath away.
It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm.
But self-delusion is the quintessential attribute of all dictators.
Too bad for the rest of us that the principles are dangerously divorced from reality, their idealism is so inconsistently applied as to raise questions about their sincerity, and their heroic pose reflects either cynical misrepresentation or self-delusion.
It is powerful, but it is deluded and self-delusion runs deep in the US.
It took searing depression to break the self-delusion in the 1930s.
Unless Americans wake-up to their own self-delusion, one of the nation's two great parties will knowingly nominate a computer generated hologram of a candidate whose only demonstrated conviction is a desire to become president.
You look at life for women today, it is the very definition of personal fantasy, of self-delusion, and of a narcissism so acute that to read through your average issue of a glamorous women's magazine is not that different from reading a porn magin fact, there are more adoring/self-hating naked female images in the women's mag.
"And while it would be a gross exaggeration to say that there has been the same escape from reality that there was in 1929, it does seem to me that enough has happened to indicate that we haven't yet lost our capacity for speculative self-delusion."
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