megalomania

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megalomania

a mental illness characterized by delusions of grandeur, power, wealth, etc.

megalomania

[‚meg·ə·lō′mā·nē·ə]
(psychology)
The delusion of greatness and omnipotence characterizing certain psychotic reactions.
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As such, I am more than happy to continue to entrust European security to the true guardians of peace, NATO and the USA, over unelected EU officials with delusions of grandeur and a proven track record of complete inaction.
THE APPRENTICE (BBC1, 9pm) AS if The Apprentice candidates weren't irritating enough already, with their big egos and delusions of grandeur, this week they become estate agents.
Delusions of grandeur -- "the sufferer has no insight into his loss of touch with reality; he is convinced he has special powers, talents or abilities; these delusions are characterised by fantastical beliefs that one is omnipotent, or otherwise very powerful." Lillikas' promise to liberate Cyprus is an example as was Makarios' conviction that he could take on the US, by sucking up to the Soviet Union, and win.
"It is amazing how a low self-esteem and a huge ego can give you delusions of grandeur" - Ex-boxing champion Mike Tyson.
His delusions of grandeur surface again when he boasts about giving a whole host of Everyman actors their first interviews and reviews.
Roger is a dedicated team captain, but has delusions of grandeur. Sound familiar?
"It might be delusions of grandeur, but I'm here to play, I know the course and I'm looking forward to it," he said.
Perhaps if our AMs put aside their delusions of grandeur the people of Wales might be more inclined to entrust them with more powers.
Yet more delusions of grandeur from Arsenal's neighbours.
WAS ITV's circus of cruelty Dancing On Ice specifically designed to humiliate minor celebrities with delusions of grandeur? Or to physically hurt them?
Assembly Members suffering from delusions of grandeur wanted a building - in their own words - of world-class stature.
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