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Word: delusion

Definition: false belief; hallucination; deluding; Ex. delusions of grandeur; Ex. under the delusion that


Sentences Containing 'delusion'

A religionist may be an enthusiast, and imagine he sees what has no reality: he may know his narrative to be false, and yet persevere in it, with the best intentions in the world, for the sake of promoting so holy a cause: or even where this delusion has not place, vanity, excited by so strong a temptation, operates on him more powerfully than on the rest of mankind in any other circumstances; and self-interest with equal force.
At the heart of Buddhism, is the realization of no "self" or "I" (and hence the delusion) as a separate self-existing entity.
Azhriaz – called "Delusion's Mistress" and "Night's Daughter".
Charles Darnay, alone in a cell, had sustained himself with no flattering delusion since he came to it from the Tribunal.
Chuz – called "Chuz the Mad", or Delusion's Master.
For example, in his book "The God Delusion", Richard Dawkins argues that the division between religion and science is not as simple as Gould claims, as few religions exist without claiming the existence of miracles, which "by definition, violate the principles of science".
Gianfrancesco Ponzinibio (1520), extended this argument to deny the reality of all diabolical witchcraft. Reginald Scot (1584), believed in witchcraft but opposed the common understanding of witches as delusion and theological error.
He abandoned that attempt on the first day, and resolved merely to keep himself always before him, as a silent protest against the delusion into which he had fallen, or was falling.
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1519), believed that witchcraft was merely superstitious delusion.
His stories lead him to being put in psychiatric hospital where they believe that he is suffering some sort of delusion.
I flatter myself, that I have discovered an argument of a like nature, which, if just, will, with the wise and learned, be an everlasting check to all kinds of superstitious delusion, and consequently, will be useful as long as the world endures.
I had not the least belief, in the outset of this story, that the unknown was anything but a delusion of Mr. Dick's, and one of the line of that ill-fated Prince who occasioned him so much difficulty; but after some reflection I began to entertain the question whether an attempt, or threat of an attempt, might have been twice made to take poor Mr. Dick himself from under my aunt's protection, and whether my aunt, the strength of whose kind feeling towards him I knew from herself, might have been induced to pay a price for his peace and quiet.
I stopped short, among the thick foliage outside, for the moon was up now, though obscured; and I recognized the man whom I had once supposed to be a delusion of Mr. Dick's, and had once encountered with my aunt in the streets of the city.
In 1834, Richard Lawrence, an English immigrant in America, came under the delusion that he was Richard III and that the US government owed him a large sum of money.
In an ambiguous ending, he is released and goes back to his pleasant life, or that is just a delusion that he has while dying of cold and hunger.
In fine, both master and man remained under the delusion; and, down in the mouth, and out of luck, he of the Mirrors and his squire parted from Don Quixote and Sancho, he meaning to go look for some village where he could plaster and strap his ribs.
In general, the unskillful states are the three defilements ("kilesa"): greed ("lobha"), hatred ("dosa") and delusion ("moha").
In the Pali Canon's Abhidhamma and post-canonical Pali literature, ten defilements are identified, the first three of which – greed, hate, delusion – are considered to be the "roots" of suffering.
In this vein, he argues in "Chill" that mitigation of climate change is a delusion and that resources need to be channelled into adaptation and the creation of resilient human communities and a robust biodiversity.
It is plain, then, that phrenologically the head of this Leviathan, in the creature's living intact state, is an entire delusion.
Never pausing for an answer to anything he said, Traddles, who had clapped me into an easy-chair by the fire, all this time impetuously stirred the fire with one hand, and pulled at my neck-kerchief with the other, under some wild delusion that it was a great-coat.
None of the other patrons can see Volstagg, and it was unclear at the time whether this is due to Loki's interference or whether Volstagg is merely a delusion of Thor.
None of their countrymen have a large correspondence, or sufficient credit and authority to contradict and beat down the delusion.
Or if, by the help of vanity and a heated imagination, a man has first made a convert of himself, and entered seriously into the delusion; who ever scruples to make use of pious frauds, in support of so holy and meritorious a cause?
Skillful states are the defilements' opposites: non-greed ("alobha"), non-hatred ("adosa") and non-delusion ("amoha").
The Clinton administration, wittingly or unwittingly, has chosen the path of self-delusion: to not investigate the matter seriously...he failure of U.S. officials to address the question of state sponsorship of terrorism will have significant future costs.
The gentleman in return entreated him to reflect, for he knew he was under a delusion.
The movement has continued to grow and experienced accelerated registrations following media debate around "new atheism" prompted by a series of book releases in late 2006 including "The God Delusion", "", "God Is Not Great", "The End of Faith", and "Letter to a Christian Nation".
This strange stillness, and the thoughts, always present to our knight's mind, of the incidents described at every turn in the books that were the cause of his misfortune, conjured up to his imagination as extraordinary a delusion as can well be conceived, which was that he fancied himself to have reached a famous castle (for, as has been said, all the inns he lodged in were castles to his eyes), and that the daughter of the innkeeper was daughter of the lord of the castle, and that she, won by his high-bred bearing, had fallen in love with him, and had promised to come to his bed for a while that night without the knowledge of her parents; and holding all this fantasy that he had constructed as solid fact, he began to feel uneasy and to consider the perilous risk which his virtue was about to encounter, and he resolved in his heart to commit no treason to his lady Dulcinea del Toboso, even though the queen Guinevere herself and the dame Quintanona should present themselves before him.
Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces--though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment.
Towards the end of the video, some of the guests (perhaps in their own delusion) attempt to reach Ocasek by stepping onto the pool's surface believing that they too can walk on water, but only end up plunging into the pool.
Under the influence of this delusion, she dived into the coal-cellar at the most untimely hours, and scarcely ever opened the door of a dark cupboard without clapping it to again, in the belief that she had got him.
What Mr. Dick had told me, and what I had supposed to be a delusion of his, now came into my mind.
Where such reports, therefore, fly about, the solution of the phenomenon is obvious; and we judge in conformity to regular experience and observation, when we account for it by the known and natural principles of credulity and delusion.
You may remember the old Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.'
Zapffe concluded that "As long as humankind recklessly proceeds in the fateful delusion of being biologically fated for triumph, nothing essential will change."

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