|1.||a form of schizophrenia characterized by a slowly progressive deterioration of the personality, involving delusions and often hallucinations|
|2.||a mental disorder characterized by any of several types of delusions, in which the personality otherwise remains relatively intact|
|3.||informal intense fear or suspicion, esp when unfounded|
|[C19: via New Latin from Greek: frenzy, from paranoos distraught, from |
paranoia par·a·noi·a (pār'ə-noi'ə)
A psychotic disorder characterized by systematized delusions, especially of persecution or grandeur, in the absence of other personality disorders.
Extreme, irrational distrust of others.
Note: In popular terminology, a “paranoid” personality is characterized by suspicion and distrust of others; a tendency to look for hidden meaning behind other people's actions; argumentativeness; complaining; low tolerance for criticism; and a constant display of one's own talents, accomplishments, independence, and rationality.