Definition of paranoiac in English:


Pronunciation /ˌparəˈnɔɪɪk//ˌparəˈnɔɪak/

adjective & noun

  • See paranoia

    • ‘Terrible paranoiac fear gripped me, and behind every tree I suspected maleficent laughter being muffled.’
    • ‘Conspiracy paranoiacs will of course insist that the Agency is leaking the bad news as part of a subtle plot to throw us all off the scent of their shocking capabilities.’
    • ‘But meanwhile his paranoiac prosecutions in Rome led to a conspiracy in 65 to assassinate him and make Gaius Calpurnius Piso emperor.’
    • ‘Are Morpheus' visions true, or is he a paranoiac madman ruthlessly imposing his hallucinations?’
    • ‘One of the most notorious paranoiacs was Nero, who in AD 59 engineered the murder of his mother Agrippina because she objected to his relationship with his mistress Poppaea.’