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persecution complex

noun
1.
(psychol) an acute irrational fear that other people are plotting one's downfall and that they are responsible for one's failures
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  • "It proves that Burris has a persecution complex, and that Koffler's credulous enough to believe him," Melroy replied.

    Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
  • You persecute a man, and then say he has a persecution complex if he recognizes the fact.

    Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
  • You mentioned also that you had a feeling on his part that he was laboring under a persecution complex?

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • I think he had a persecution complex, and I think he strove to maintain it.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

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