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Definition of Delusion

  DELUSION   noun
The father of a most respectable family, comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity and many other goodly sons and daughters.
  All hail, Delusion!  Were it not for thee
  The world turned topsy-turvy we should see;
  For Vice, respectable with cleanly fancies,
  Would fly abandoned Virtue's gross advances.

Mumfrey Mappel

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
d??lu:??n n. 1 a false belief or impression. 2 Psychol. this as a symptom or form of mental disorder. °delusions of grandeur a false idea of oneself as being important, noble, famous, etc. °°delusional adj. [ME f. LL delusio (as DELUDE)]

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