Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Delire is defined as the "disorderly" side of language between reason and nonsense.

explanatory context

Delire refers to the incoherent side of language. Although language is a means of communication, it is argued by proponents of delire that we do not always mean something when we talk. They argue that the persistence of incoherence in language (i.e. delire), is because the origins of languages are rooted in the instinctive desires and drives of the human body.


Delire covers a wide range of fields including linguistics, fiction, poetry and philosophy.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also

Researching the Real World Section 5



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