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illusion    : [ɪl'uʒən]
Illusion \Il*lu"sion\, n. [F. illusion, L. illusio, fr.
illudere, illusum, to illude. See {Illude}.]
1. An unreal image presented to the bodily or mental vision;
a deceptive appearance; a false show; mockery;
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To cheat the eye with blear illusions. --Milton.
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2. Hence: Anything agreeably fascinating and charming;
enchantment; witchery; glamour.
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Ye soft illusions, dear deceits, arise! --Pope.
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3. (Physiol.) A sensation originated by some external object,
but so modified as in any way to lead to an erroneous
perception; as when the rolling of a wagon is mistaken for
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Note: Some modern writers distinguish between an illusion and
hallucination, regarding the former as originating with
some external object, and the latter as having no
objective occasion whatever.
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4. A plain, delicate lace, usually of silk, used for veils,
scarfs, dresses, etc.

Syn: Delusion; mockery; deception; chimera; fallacy. See
{Delusion}. {Illusion}, {Delusion}. Illusion refers
particularly to errors of the sense; delusion to false
hopes or deceptions of the mind. An optical deception is
an illusion; a false opinion is a delusion. --E.
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n 1: an erroneous mental representation [synonym: {illusion},
2: something many people believe that is false; "they have the
illusion that I am very wealthy" [synonym: {illusion}, {fantasy},
{phantasy}, {fancy}]
3: the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
[synonym: {delusion}, {illusion}, {head game}]
4: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [synonym:
{magic trick}, {conjuring trick}, {trick}, {magic},
{legerdemain}, {conjuration}, {thaumaturgy}, {illusion},

138 Moby Thesaurus words for "illusion":
aberrancy, aberration, air, airy nothing, apparition, appearance,
bamboozlement, bedevilment, befooling, bewitchery, bewitchment,
bluffing, brainchild, bubble, calculated deception, captivation,
chimera, circumvention, conning, deceiving, deception,
deceptiveness, defectiveness, defrauding, delirium, delusion,
delusiveness, deviancy, distortion, dream, dupery, eidolon,
enchantment, enmeshment, ensnarement, entanglement, entrancement,
entrapment, errancy, erroneousness, error, ether, fallaciousness,
fallacy, falseness, falsity, fancy, fantasque, fantasy,
fascination, fault, faultiness, fiction, figment, flaw, flawedness,
flimflam, flimflammery, fond illusion, fooling, hallucination,
hamartia, heresy, heterodoxy, hoodwinking, idle fancy,
ignis fatuus, imagery, imagination, imagining, insubstantial image,
invention, kidding, maggot, make-believe, maya, mirage,
misapplication, misapprehension, misconception, misconstruction,
misdoing, misfeasance, misinterpretation, misjudgment, mist,
mistake, myth, obsession, outwitting, overreaching, peccancy,
perversion, phantasm, phantasmagoria, phantom, pipe, pipe dream,
possession, putting on, rainbow, romance, seeming,
self-contradiction, self-deception, semblance, shadow, sick fancy,
sin, sinfulness, smoke, snow job, song and dance, spirit, spoofery,
spoofing, subterfuge, swindling, thick-coming fancies, thin air,
trickiness, tricking, trip, unorthodoxy, untrueness, untruth,
untruthfulness, vapor, victimization, vision, whim, whimsy,
wildest dreams, willful misconception, wishful thinking, witchery,
wrong, wrongness

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  • ILLUSION | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    illusion meaning: 1 an idea or belief that is not true: 2 something that is not really what it seems to be: 3 an idea or belief that is not true, or something that is not what it seems to be: Learn more
  • Illusion definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    An illusion is a false idea or belief No one really has any illusions about winning the war 2 countable noun An illusion is something that appears to exist or be a particular thing but does not actually exist or is in reality something else Floor-to-ceiling windows can look stunning, giving the
  • Illusion definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Illusion definition: An illusion is a false idea or belief | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples
  • ILLUSION | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    illusion definition: 1 an idea or belief that is not true: 2 something that is not really what it seems to be: 3 an idea or belief that is not true, or something that is not what it seems to be: Learn more
  • illusion definition | English definition dictionary | Reverso
    English Collins Dictionary - English Definition Thesaurus illusion 1 chimera, daydream, fantasy, figment of the imagination, hallucination, ignis fatuus, mirage, mockery, phantasm, semblance, will-o'-the-wisp
  • Illusion - Definition for English-Language Learners from . . .
    Learner's definition of ILLUSION [count] 1 : something that looks or seems different from what it is : something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real The video game is designed to give the illusion that you are in control of an airplane They used paint to create the illusion of metal
  • Illusion - definition of illusion by The Free Dictionary
    another meaning of 'illusion' An illusion is also something that looks or sounds like one thing, but is either something else or is not there at all
  • Illusion | Definition of Illusion by Merriam-Webster
    English Language Learners Definition of illusion : something that looks or seems different from what it is : something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real : an incorrect idea : an idea that is based on something that is not true
  • English | Definition of English at Dictionary. com
    belonging or relating to, or spoken or written in, the English language: a high-school English class; an English translation of a Spanish novel noun the people of England collectively, especially as distinguished from the Scots, Welsh, and Irish
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