Definition of self-delusion in English:



mass noun
  • The action of deluding oneself; failure to recognize reality.

    ‘he retreats into a world of fantasy and self-delusion’
    • ‘Unfortunately, when these rules are broken there is a real danger that an ingenuous error will evolve from self-delusion to fraud.’
    • ‘There is no end to the Government's capacity for self-delusion.’
    • ‘For all their weakness, cowardice, and self-delusion, these men strike an unexpected, sympathetic chord.’
    • ‘Either way, the net effect is to tilt the playing field further and further towards self-delusion.’
    • ‘That level of ‘disassembly’ requires a very high degree of self-delusion.’
    • ‘We excel at self-delusion, rationalization and making dumb stuff up.’
    • ‘He remains an eloquent and witty portrait of self-delusion.’
    • ‘We seem to have a genetic capacity for self-delusion, Wright says.’
    • ‘His self-delusion is so complete he regards this as a principle, instead of a symptom of his own narcissism.’
    • ‘Negotiations are the heroin of Westerners addicted to self-delusion.’
    • ‘Take a look at his positions, and marvel at this man, who has never done anything but run for office, and his capacity for self-delusion.’
    • ‘When anybody calls their bluff and punctures this self-delusion, they can only cope by insulting and vilifying their critics.’
    • ‘This atrocity exposes the wilful self-delusion of western liberals who want to believe that humanity is essentially good’
    • ‘These, and other gems of paranoia and self-delusion will no doubt surface over the next month.’
    • ‘There is nothing wrong with courtesy but if it is made into an industry or profession it carries the danger of hypocrisy or self-delusion.’
    • ‘Some would say she's got no chance - and that exercises in self-delusion like this article are one of the key reasons why.’
    • ‘Part of it is self-delusion, part of it is an act.’
    • ‘My theory is that many chiefs are victims of self-delusion, their own double-speak.’
    • ‘Enthusiasm and dedication can easily turn to self-delusion and, once scientific rigour is relaxed, error and confusion are almost inevitable.’
    • ‘To normal, healthy people the prideful self-delusion is obvious.’