siege mentality
noun Date: 1953 a defensive or overly fearful attitude

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • siege mentality — n. an attitude or state of mind in which one feels surrounded or under attack by enemies, opposition, etc …   English World dictionary

  • siege mentality — a state of mind whereby one believes that one is being constantly attacked, oppressed, or isolated. [1965 70] * * * noun [singular] : a strong feeling that you are in constant danger or are surrounded by enemies Living in a high crime area can… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Siege mentality — A siege mentality is a shared feeling of helplessness, victimization and defensiveness. Although the term evolved from real sieges, today it refers to persecution feelings by anyone in the minority, or of a group that views itself as a threatened …   Wikipedia

  • siege mentality — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms siege mentality : singular siege mentality plural siege mentalities the belief among a group of people that everyone else is in opposition to them and they must protect themselves …   English dictionary

  • siege mentality — N SING: also no det If a group of people have a siege mentality, they think that other people are constantly trying to harm or defeat them, and so they care only about protecting themselves. The commission said police officers had a siege… …   English dictionary

  • siege mentality — siege men,tality noun count the belief among a group of people that everyone else is in opposition to them and they must protect themselves …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • siege mentality — siege′ mental ity n. cvb a state of mind in which one feels attacked …   From formal English to slang

  • siege mentality — a state of mind whereby one believes that one is being constantly attacked, oppressed, or isolated. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • siege mentality — noun a defensive or paranoid attitude based on the belief that others are hostile towards one …   English new terms dictionary

  • (a) siege mentality — the belief that you must protect yourself because other people are going to attack you. Many designers develop a siege mentality because they re terrified someone will steal their ideas …   New idioms dictionary

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