self-delusion

[self-di-loo-zhuhn, self-]
noun
the act or fact of deluding oneself.

Origin:
1625–35

self-deluded [self-di-loo-did, self-] , adjective
self-deluding, adjective
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self-delusion
 
n
the act or state of deceiving or deluding oneself

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Example sentences
What had made the scam surprising was the shocking mediocrity of the pictures and the almost willful self-delusion of the buyers.
To pretend otherwise would be the depth of self-delusion.
No amount of self-delusion to encourage settlement will suffice to change that reality.
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