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Meaning & Definition of Delusion in English

English

Delusion

/dɪluʒən/

noun

1. (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary

    synonym:
  • delusion
  • ,
  • psychotic belief

2. A mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea

  • "He has delusions of competence"
  • "His dreams of vast wealth are a hallucination"
    synonym:
  • delusion
  • ,
  • hallucination

3. The act of deluding

  • Deception by creating illusory ideas
    synonym:
  • delusion
  • ,
  • illusion
  • ,
  • head game

Examples of using

A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in it
When I was a kid, I thought that if I died the world would just disappear. What a childish delusion! I just couldn't accept that the world could continue to exist without me.