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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At first sight it would appear that the world of hip-hop is suffering from delusions of grandeur.
▪ He was then, still, suffering delusions.
▪ The point is that you are suffering from a complex delusion.
▪ The Rabari suffered no such delusion.
▪ Once again, he was suffering from delusions of grandeur.
▪ No, the 42-year-old composer does not suffer from delusions of grandeur.
▪ How splendid, they have a warm spot in their hearts for those suffering from messianic delusion.
labour under a delusion/misconception/misapprehension etc
▪ Well, dear Rex was either lying or labouring under a misapprehension.
▪ I was still under the delusion that everyone was trying to cheat me.
▪ She now had to finally forget the dreams and delusions of her youth
▪ And wisdom usually follows illusion, delusion, and disillusion.
▪ Belief in utopian progress is increasingly seen as a delusion.
▪ Britain's weak balance of payments was not, however, a statistical delusion or the result of a reaction to one.
▪ He was then, still, suffering delusions.
▪ It appears to apply also, for example, to psychotic delusions.
▪ The Foundation has fostered this delusion assiduously.
▪ The stress of the day had given her delusions.
▪ We sat in the packed aisles, the building's relative simplicity a delusion for what was to follow.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Delusion \De*lu"sion\n. [L. delusio, fr. deludere. See Delude.]

  1. The act of deluding; deception; a misleading of the mind.

  2. The state of being deluded or misled.

  3. That which is falsely or delusively believed or propagated; false belief; error in belief.

    And fondly mourned the dear delusion gone.

    Syn: Delusion, Illusion.

    Usage: These words both imply some deception practiced upon the mind. Delusion is deception from want of knowledge; illusion is deception from morbid imagination. An illusion is a false show, a mere cheat on the fancy or senses. It is, in other words, some idea or image presented to the bodily or mental vision which does not exist in reality. A delusion is a false judgment, usually affecting the real concerns of life. Or, in other words, it is an erroneous view of something which exists indeed, but has by no means the qualities or attributes ascribed to it. Thus we speak of the illusions of fancy, the illusions of hope, illusive prospects, illusive appearances, etc. In like manner, we speak of the delusions of stockjobbing, the delusions of honorable men, delusive appearances in trade, of being deluded by a seeming excellence. ``A fanatic, either religious or political, is the subject of strong delusions; while the term illusion is applied solely to the visions of an uncontrolled imagination, the chimerical ideas of one blinded by hope, passion, or credulity, or lastly, to spectral and other ocular deceptions, to which the word delusion is never applied.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"act of misleading someone," early 15c.; as a form of mental derangement, 1550s, from Latin delusionem (nominative delusio) "a deceiving," noun of action from past participle stem of deludere (see delude).\n

\nTechnically, delusion is a belief that, though false, has been surrendered to and accepted by the whole mind as a truth; illusion is an impression that, though false, is entertained provisionally on the recommendation of the senses or the imagination, but awaits full acceptance and may not influence action. Delusions of grandeur, the exact phrase, is recorded from 1840, though the two words were in close association for some time before that.


n. 1 A false belief that is resistant to confrontation with actual facts. 2 The state of being deluded or misled. 3 That which is falsely or delusively believed or propagated; false belief; error in belief.

  1. n. (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary [syn: psychotic belief]

  2. a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea; "he has delusions of competence"; "his dreams of vast wealth are a hallucination" [syn: hallucination]

  3. the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas [syn: illusion, head game]

Delusion (1998 film)

Delusion ( for Pretense or Faking) is a 1998 Croatian crime- drama film directed by Zeljko Senecic.

Delusion (1980 film)

Delusion (Also known as The House Where Death Lives) is a 1980 American mystery/ thriller directed by Alan Beattie, and starring Patricia Pearcy, Joseph Cotten, David Hayward, and John Dukakis.

Delusion (1991 film)

Delusion is a 1991 American film noir directed by Carl Colpaert.

Delusion (2016 film)

Delusion is a 2016 Chinese-Hong Kong suspense thriller film directed by Danny Pang Phat and starring Pakho Chau, An Hu, Cici and Cheng Yuanyuan. It was released in China by Huace Pictures on May 6, 2016.


A delusion is a belief that is held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception.

Delusions typically occur in the context of neurological or psychiatric disease, although they are not tied to any particular disorder and have been found to occur in the context of many pathological states (both physical and mental). However, they are of particular diagnostic importance in psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, paraphrenia, manic episodes of bipolar disorder, and psychotic depression.

Delusion (disambiguation)

A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.

Delusion may also refer to:

  • Delusion (spirituality), in Buddhism or Eastern spirituality, fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of reality
In film
  • Delusion (1955 film), Danish crime film drama directed by Johan Jacobsen
  • Delusion (1980 film), American horror film directed by Alan Beattie
  • Delusion (1991 film), American crime thriller film directed by Carl Colpaert
  • Delusion (1998 film), Croatian crime-drama film directed by Zeljko Senecic
  • Delusions (film), a 2005 Israeli comedy-drama film directed by Nimrod Etsion Koren
  • Delusional (2014 film), American thriller film starring Perry King and Tuesday Knight
  • Delusion (2016 film), Chinese-Hong Kong suspense thriller film directed by Danny Pang Phat
In music
  • Delusions (album), 2006 album from the British progressive metal band To-Mera
  • Delusions (First Choice album), 1977 album by American girl group First Choice
  • "Delusional" (song), 2010 single by American singer-songwriter Simon Curtis

Usage examples of "delusion".

When the grayness touched the face and the backs of the hands, the creature became a feverish night wanderer, subject to strange hallucinations and delusions and desires.

When I was under the delusion I was going to show Brie up with my Houdini act, all I could think about was how I was going to smack her down a second time with some sharp and cutting comment.

The best he could ever be was a third-rate cardsharp, no matter how many delusions of grandeur he carried around with him.

Like Caserio, the simple assassin of President Carnot, he was of the type of regicide who becomes obsessed by the delusion that it is his mission to kill the sovereign.

Even assuming that their special malaises are wholly offset by the effects of alcoholism in the male, they suffer patently from the same adenoids, gastritis, cholelithiasis, nephritis, tuberculosis, carcinoma, arthritis and so on--in short, from the same disturbances of colloidal equilibrium that produce religion, delusions of grandeur, democracy, pyaemia, night sweats, the yearning to save humanity, and all other such distempers in men.

However, deep hermeneutics maintains that once the person loosens the repression barrier, exposes this deeper truth, and acknowledges it, then a certain liberation is gained, a liberation from the distortions, lies, and delusions that were constructed to hide the truth.

Complications included dysphoric mood and his attempting to castrate himself while reacting to a delusion.

Then there were the Hoovers - the ivory-white Hoovers flushed with all the benefits of a doting society, the people of intelligence and position who slid through life plucking up the breaks as they dropped in their laps - who had nothing better to do with their lives than indulge their fantasies with harebrained schemes and crackpot notions and then feel they had the legal right to inflict their sick delusions on decent, law-abiding people.

He had a history of withdrawal and fragmentary delusions, and was diagnosed as schizophrenic of the disorganized or hebephrenic type.

For the Hinayanist, important delusions remain unchallenged, development is arrested, and they stagnate with a distorted perspective of the world.

Mitsubishi, and also managed the revenues from all his previous patents, plus of course drank himself blind on a daily basis and then needed at least two hours to sit there naked under a scratchy blanket and shake, and went around impersonating various kinds of health-care professionals during the periods he believed he was a health-care professional, from when he had the delirium-tremen-type career delusions, and in his spare time made in-depth documentaries and a dozen art-films that people are still writing doctoral theses on.

I can protect you from this, give you all the space in the world to live out your romantic delusions with Intana, or whoever else you find weak enough to tolerate.

After he had received the consecrated wafer, he was persuaded by one of his comrades, Mathurin Lejeusne, to take it out of his mouth, wrap it in a cloth, and, on returning to his lodging, fry it over a fire, under the delusion that by reducing it to powder he would make himself invulnerable.

Herbie Mossman was, after all, the president of a major corporation while Lloyd-Ransom, whatever his delusions, was only the commander of a bunker.

If, then, there is, really, something in a mirror, we may suppose objects of sense to be in Matter in precisely that way: if in the mirror there is nothing, if there is only a seeming of something, then we may judge that in Matter there is the same delusion and that the seeming is to be traced to the Substantial-Existence of the Real-Beings, that Substantial-Existence in which the Authentic has the real participation while only an unreal participation can belong to the unauthentic since their condition must differ from that which they would know if the parts were reversed, if the Authentic Existents were not and they were.