delusion collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈluːʒ(ə)n/

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1

an idea or belief that is not true


Adjectives frequently used with delusion
affecting many people: collective, massCollective delusion and ignorance often play havoc in society.dangerous: dangerousThe new fatalists believe that we can stop history and that is a dangerous delusion.

Usage note

A person who believes that they are more important than they really are is said to be suffering from delusions of grandeur: He is suffering from delusions of grandeur and an overinflated sense of his own importance.


Verbs frequently used with delusion
harbour, have, labour under, suffer (from)For years English football had laboured under the delusion that nobody could touch it for class and style.
2

an idea caused by a mental condition in which you believe things that are not true


Adjectives frequently used with delusion
paranoid, persecutoryElise returns to her childhood home, fleeing from a husband who is suffering from paranoid delusions.
Verbs frequently used with delusion
experience, have, suffer (from)In some cases of depression people may also experience delusions and hallucinations.
 
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