An example of paranoia is someone thinking that everyone is out to get them.
Origin of paranoiaModern Latin ; from Gr, derangement ; from para-, beside (see para-) + nous, the mind
- A psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution with or without grandeur, often strenuously defended with apparent logic and reason.
- Extreme, irrational distrust of others.
Origin of paranoiaGreek, madness, from paranoos, demented : para-, beyond; see para–1 + nous, noos, mind.