Definition of paranoid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    paranoid

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈpærənɔɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærənɔɪd//
     
    (less frequent paranoiac
    BrE BrE//ˌpærəˈnɔɪɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærəˈnɔɪɪk//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌpærəˈnɔɪæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærəˈnɔɪæk//
     
    )
    Describing strange traits, Mental and emotional problems, Nervous
     
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  1. 1afraid or suspicious of other people and believing that they are trying to harm you, in a way that is not reasonable She's getting really paranoid about what other people say about her. Synonymsafraidfrightened scared terrified alarmed paranoidThese words all describe feeling or showing fear.afraid [not before noun] feeling fear; worried that something bad might happen:There’s nothing to be afraid of. Aren’t you afraid (that) you’ll fall?frightened feeling fear; worried that something bad might happen:a frightened child She was frightened that the glass would break.scared (rather informal) feeling fear; worried that something bad might happen:The thieves got scared and ran away.afraid, frightened or scared?Scared is more informal, more common in speech, and often describes small fears. Afraid cannot come before a noun. It can only take the preposition of, not about. If you are afraid/​frightened/​scared of somebody/​something/​doing something or afraid/​frightened/​scared to do something, you think you are in danger of being hurt or suffering in some way. If you are frightened/​scared about something/​doing something, it is less a fear for your personal safety and more a worry that something unpleasant might happen.terrified very frightened:I was terrified (that) she wouldn’t come. She looked at him with wide, terrified eyes.alarmed afraid that something dangerous or unpleasant might happen:She was alarmed at the prospect of travelling alone.paranoid (rather informal) afraid or suspicious of other people and believing that they are trying to harm you, in a way that is not reasonable:You’re just being paranoid.Patterns afraid/​frightened/​scared of spiders, etc. frightened/​scared/​paranoid about afraid/​frightened/​scared/​terrified that afraid/​frightened/​scared to open the door, etc. Don’t be afraid/​frightened/​scared/​alarmed. See related entries: Describing strange traits, Mental and emotional problems, Nervous
  2. 2suffering from a mental illness in which you wrongly believe that other people are trying to harm you or that you are very important paranoid delusions paranoid schizophrenia a paranoid killer See related entries: Mental and emotional problems, Nervous
  3. Extra examples You’re getting absolutely paranoid! She’s getting really paranoid about what other people say about her. You’re just being paranoid.
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