|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 |
paranoiac par·a·noi·ac (pār'ə-noi'āk', -noi'ĭk)
A paranoid. adj.
Of, relating to, or resembling paranoia.
paranoid par·a·noid (pār'ə-noid')
Relating to, characteristic of, or affected with paranoia. n.
One affected with paranoia.