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Emotional ChargePlay
Paranoid has a negative emotional connotation, suggesting irrational fear or worry. SlideHe was paranoid that he'd lose his job for a small mistake.
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Unfounded SuspicionPlay
Use 'paranoid' to describe unjustified distrust towards others or situations. SlideShe felt paranoid about her phone being tapped despite no evidence.
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Not Always NegativePlay
Sometimes 'paranoid' conveys carefulness, as in avoiding unnecessary risks. SlideThey were considered paranoid for always backing up their computer files.