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DELUSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does delusion mean? 

DELUSION (noun)
  The noun DELUSION has 3 senses:

1. (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary
2. a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
3. the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

  Familiarity information: DELUSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DELUSION (noun)


Sense 1delusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

delusion; psychotic belief

Hypernyms ("delusion" is a kind of...):

mental state; psychological state ((psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "delusion"):

delusions of grandeur (a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are)

delusions of persecution (a delusion (common in paranoia) that others are out to get you and frustrate and embarrass you or inflict suffering on you; a complicated conspiracy is frequently imagined)

hallucination (illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder)

nihilism; nihilistic delusion (the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal)

somatic delusion (a delusion concerning the body image or parts of the body)

zoanthropy (the delusion that you have assumed the form of an animal)


Sense 2delusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

delusion; hallucination

Context examples:

he has delusions of competence / his dreams of vast wealth are a hallucination

Hypernyms ("delusion" is a kind of...):

misconception (an incorrect conception)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "delusion"):

disorientation; freak out (a wild delusion (especially one induced by a hallucinogenic drug))


Sense 3delusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

head game; delusion; illusion

Hypernyms ("delusion" is a kind of...):

deceit; deception; dissembling; dissimulation (the act of deceiving)


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