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paranoia

Pronunciation: par'a-noy'a

Definition: A severe but relatively rare mental disorder characterized by the presence of systematized delusions, often of a persecutory character involving being followed, poisoned, or harmed by other means, in an otherwise intact personality.

[G. derangement, madness, fr. para- + noeo, to think]

See Also: paranoid personality

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