When you hear voices in your head and believe they are the voice of the President or the voice of Jesus communicating personally with you, this is an example of a delusion.
- a deluding or being deluded
- a false belief or opinion
- Psychiatry a false, persistent belief maintained in spite of evidence to the contrary
Origin of delusionMiddle English delusioun from Late Latin delusio from delusus, past participle of deludere
- a. The act or process of deluding.b. The state of being deluded.
- a. A false belief or opinion: labored under the delusion that success was at hand.b. Psychiatry A false belief or perception that is a manifestation of a mental illness: delusions of persecution.
Origin of delusionMiddle English delusioun from Latin dēlūsiō dēlūsiōn- from dēlūsus past participle of dēlūdere to delude ; see delude .
- A false belief that is resistant to confrontation with actual facts.
- The state of being deluded or misled.
- That which is falsely or delusively believed or propagated; false belief; error in belief.