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mirage

mi·rage

mirage

 
 
pronunciation:
mih razh
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an optical effect, often occurring in the desert or on hot pavement, in which light distorted by air masses of different temperatures creates the illusion of water and sometimes inverts distant objects.
similar words:
distortion, ignis fatuus, illusion, will-o'-the-wisp
definition 2: an illusion that seems real.
synonyms:
illusion
similar words:
delusion, distortion, hallucination, ignis fatuus, loom, phantasm, vision, will-o'-the-wisp