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Medical Term:

persecutory type of paranoid disorder


Definition: one of the most common of the types of paranoid disorders, it involves a single theme or series of connected themes, such as being conspired against, cheated, spied on, followed, poisoned or drugged, maligned, harassed, or obstructed in the pursuit of long-term goals; small slights may be exaggerated and become the focus of a delusional system.

See: paranoia

Synonym(s): paranoid disorder

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