Adjective "illusion" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience.
  1. 'In this sense, the illusions that are attributed to the senses always involve false judgement.'
  2. 'They may have been linked to various illusions that can be experienced.'
  3. 'One might suppose that this preview allowed participants to notice and adjust for the effect of the illusion.'
  4. 'Vivid hallucinations and delirious illusions may also occur.'
  5. 'The intoxicated state is characterized by illusions, visual hallucinations and bodily distortions.'
  6. 'The same is true for visual illusions, hypoxia and other factors affecting interpretation as the brain receives information from the eyes.'
  7. 'The pub was decked up with a lot of theme decor and bizarre visual illusions.'
  8. 'In addition, not all illusions are completely understood.'
  9. 'Also, don't forget to take a look at the optical illusions books below.'
  10. 'I wowed him with an illusion involving a silk scarf and a cup with a false bottom.'
  11. 'the illusion of family togetherness'
  12. 'But even today, Romanians still live with the realities behind the illusion.'
  13. 'So what if the idea is to create the illusion of total surveillance, so that people behave?'
  14. 'History was a realm of illusions, a dream or a nightmare from which the wise seek to awaken.'
  15. 'Behind the veil of these illusions lay a harsher reality.'
  16. 'All my illusions of a perfect family had been shattered.'
  17. 'Unfortunately, Britain and Europe are all too eager to pretend that such illusions are reality.'
  18. 'Both audio and visuals support the illusion that Becker is trying to create.'
  19. 'The trick to create the illusion of longer legs is to draw the eye upwards.'
  20. 'The progress of the film is a progress through illusion and deception toward reality and truth.'
  21. 'Or at least give the illusion of doing so, until a better idea comes along.'
  22. 'Because if He wouldn't do that, we'd just remain stuck in our illusions, unclear on the idea that God can do it all.'
  23. 'People do buy into the illusion that they can experience a little dusting of celeb glamour by lining the pockets of already rich stars.'
  24. 'But the biggest illusion is the idea that travelling on your own is all that wonderful.'
  25. 'Iyer spoke of ideas and illusions of India, of the mundane in one locale becoming the exotic in another.'
  26. 'To successfully pass this test we must face it properly without false illusions.'
  27. 'Great acting skills may not be one of his attributes, but then Fardeen is at least not under any false illusions.'
  28. 'Many people today, however, cling to the illusion that gaining material wealth will be the key to all their problems.'
  29. 'We were at least under the illusion that we could have an idea, have a style, that wouldn't immediately be sold back to us.'
  30. '‘I don't have any illusions about the importance of writing stories,’ he added.'
  31. 'Liberalism now needs to be liberated from many of its own illusions and delusions.'

More definitions

1. something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality.

2. the state or condition of being deceived; misapprehension.

3. an instance of being deceived.

4. Psychology. a perception, as of visual stimuli (optical illusion) that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality.

5. a very thin, delicate tulle of silk or nylon having a cobwebbed appearance, for trimmings, veilings, and the like.

6. Obsolete. the act of deceiving; de

More examples(as adjective)

"arisings can be illusion."

"coppers can be illusion."


Middle English (in the sense ‘deceiving, deception’): via Old French from Latin illusio(n-), from illudere ‘to mock’, from in- ‘against’ + ludere ‘play’.


be under the illusion that
be under no illusion (or illusions)