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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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In this kind of misrecognition, the paranoic is like the superstitious person.
These senseless, paranoic "variations" on the same, obsessive theme do not make harmony, like the famous "Goldberg Variations" by Bach (as gloriously performed by Glen Gould).
Re-emerging in the new complex configurat ions that round off the story, they also enunciate a striking colonial truth: the return of the (excluded) other undermines the colonizer's illusion of dominance, transforming his assurance of control into a paranoic fear of its depletion and loss (Fuss 147).
We're paranoic about competing and winning customers.
Schearl as "a truculently egotistical, almost paranoic father" (186), yet Albert is also a grand figure, in his own way, and before David can defeat his father, he must destroy his father's image as a heroic victim.
In the late, 1950s and early 1960s the Americans became almost paranoic about the emergence of `bomber' and `missile gaps' which they believed would give the Soviets the ability to launch a successful surprise attack against their territory.
The notion of Jewish chosenness was a corollary of a paranoic, a tribal enmity toward the Other.