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paranoia

noun delusional insanity, delusions, dissased mind, disordered reason, insanity, lunacy, madness, mania, mental aberration, mental disease, phobia, unreaaonable fear, unreasonable fright
See also: insanity
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But, as Picasso's malicious recollection underscores, there are limits to this control, and "seeing-in" can become, in his word, paranoiac.
Though a significant number of them are immediately recognizable as iconic Kruger images (Untitled [Your gaze hits the side of my face], 1981, for so many of us a long-dear feminist exercise in semiotics, for instance), there are others that I found myself wondering if I'd really seen before or if Kruger's operations in the cracks of the familiar just made me think so (Untitled [Surveillance is their busywork] from 1988, with its monocled man and stridently paranoiac language, is just one example that elicits such deja vu).
First to fall sick is Karen, whose paranoiac "friends" quarantine her in the barn, then make rather half-hearted attempts to reach outside help.
The actor's naturally appealing ranginess was put to far better use in his Broadway perf several seasons ago in "The Rainmaker" than in all the leaping and loping on view as the delusional and paranoiac Bobby.
As evidence of murder most foul accumulated before his prying eyes, Stewart had to build Jeff Jeffries' paranoiac - and morally complicit - hysteria without the aid of one of his primary tools, his lanky body.
Rauschenberg is not the first to master this game; in fact, he learned from its most brilliant and lethal twentieth-century practitioner, Marcel Duchamp, whose work has plunged generations of art historians into paranoiac deliriums of overinterpretation.
But Threlfall digs beneath the japery to cut a convincing portrait of a paranoiac who risks losing wife, home and country in thrall to the "censorious fraud" that is Tartuffe.
Martins, London, Justin first came to my notice via his "Pantychrist" recordings (1999), which are bitter, drawling, paranoiac, sadistic, and raw--very uneasy listening indeed.
A dramatized clash between Maxwell's determined frivolity and the FBI's paranoiac earnestness might well have resulted in a more exciting evening of theater than the one "Elsa Edgar" provides.
Heidi Schreber, is an extrapolation from the paranoiac hallucinations of Daniel Paul Schreber, whose Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (1903), the subject of a case study by Freud, expounds his mission to redeem the world by being divinely transformed into a woman.
Hess's paranoiac reading seemed the perfect antidote to the purely "formalist" (Greenbergian) take on Newman's art-a perspective for which the artist himself had only contempt-and it was considered for some time the most authoritative interpretation (it remains so to this day in some quarters).
This antechamber led immediately to a walkthrough screening room which featured Johan Grimonprez's widely acclaimed Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, 1997, a sixty-eight-minute documentary history of airplane hijacking garnished with suitably paranoiac extracts from Don DeLillo and accompanied by a sound track of classic soul, funk, and disco.