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self-delusion

[self-di-loo-zhuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈlu ʒən, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
the act or fact of deluding oneself.
Origin of self-delusion
1625-1635
1625-35
Related forms
self-deluded
[self-di-loo-did, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈlu dɪd, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-deluding, adjective
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  • It was all clear enough now; so clear, that the self-delusion which had blinded her seemed to have been little short of madness.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • "A natural sort of self-delusion in its way," said Grenfell, carelessly.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The Eskimo became meditative at this point, as if his mind were running on the abstract idea of self-delusion.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • If it was only a self-delusion, an hallucination, he told himself that he would be content.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The subject of the moral reflections at the end is self-delusion in the particular form of sophisticated vanity.

    Aesop Dress'd Bernard Mandeville
British Dictionary definitions for self-delusion

self-delusion

noun
1.
the act or state of deceiving or deluding oneself
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