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An irrational and obsessive feeling or fear that one is the object of collective hostility or ill-treatment on the part of others.
- ‘I developed quite a persecution complex, which probably amplified my feelings of depression, loneliness, etc.’
- ‘But their persecution complex is unbecoming because it is unrealistic.’
- ‘Psychiatrists who examined him found he had a severe mental disorder and was suffering from delusions and a persecution complex.’
- ‘Is midsummer madness giving you a wee persecution complex?’
- ‘But don't let that get in the way of your persecution complex.’
- ‘One or two of the cards were a bit harsh but after that he seemed to develop a persecution complex about English referees and that only made things worse.’
- ‘Gradually, I became a loner, and then persecution complex made its appearance.’
- ‘And some of us have developed a false persecution complex as a result.’
- ‘He has a persecution complex, but just because he's paranoid doesn't mean they're not after him.’
- ‘When I was younger I used to listen to rock music and had a persecution complex.’
- ‘I have no desire to deal with people's paranoias and persecution complexes.’
- ‘Third, even when your preemptive persecution complex turns out to be false, as you realized it was in this case, you still seem unable to avoid striking the martyr pose.’
- ‘Bizarrely, he attributes this to the casual-related violence in the 1980s that left his club's members harbouring a persecution complex.’
- ‘The group has a persecution complex the size of Texas, not to mention a well-stocked armoury.’
- ‘I swear, the persecution complex is so reflexive for these people that they can find a cloud in every silver lining.’
- ‘It's enough to give a man a persecution complex.’
- ‘This is not a persecution complex and nor would I ever argue that the stewards have an easy job.’
- ‘The motorist's persecution complex is at its worst the day after the Budget.’
- ‘His unhinged language suggested that persecution mania briefly deranged him.’
- ‘I was over here acquiring an acute persecution complex, if anybody missed me.’
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