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il·lu·sion

illusion

 
 
pronunciation:
ih lu zhn
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fantasy or mistaken belief.
He operated under the illusion that the city was a safe place until that day he was attacked.Your notion that you will make it big in the music industry is just an illusion.
synonyms:
fantasy, phantasm, pipe dream
similar words:
delusion, fancy, mirage, misconception
definition 2: a false perception of what one sees, hears, or otherwise senses.
The magician created the illusion in the mind of the audience that the bird had disappeared.The white walls give an illusion of greater light and space in the small room.The government took steps to create an illusion of reform, but little real progress was made.
 
synonyms:
delusion
similar words:
deception, hallucination, phantom, trick
definition 3: the condition of embracing a false thought or idea.
They worked hard, in the illusion that it would bring them their freedom.
synonyms:
conceit, delusion, dream, misbelief, will-o'-the-wisp
antonyms:
fact
similar words:
hallucination
definition 4: something that is mistakenly perceived or thought to exist.
The pool of water shimmering in the distance turned out to be an illusion.
synonyms:
figment, mirage, phantasm, phantasmagoria
similar words:
nonentity
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derivation: illusionary (adj.)
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