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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution with or without grandeur, often strenuously defended with apparent logic and reason.
  • n. Extreme, irrational distrust of others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution.
  • n. Extreme, irrational distrust of others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chronic form of insanity characterized by very gradual impairment of the intellect, systematized delusion, and usually by delusions of persecution or mandatory delusions producing homicidal tendency. In its mild form paranoia may consist in the well-marked crotchetiness exhibited in persons commonly called “cranks.” Paranoiacs usually show evidences of bodily and nervous degeneration, and many have hallucinations, esp. of sight and hearing.
  • n. Unwarranted suspicion of the motives of others; -- used colloquially in a non-technical sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur

Etymologies

Greek, madness, from paranoos, demented : para-, beyond; see para-1 + nous, noos, mind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek παράνοια (paranoia, "madness"), from παράνοος (paranoos, "demented"), from παρά (para, "beyond, beside") + νόος (noos, "mind, spirit"). (Wiktionary)

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