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or illusional

[ih-loo-zhuh-ner-ee or ih-loo-zhuh-nl] /ɪˈlu ʒəˌnɛr i or ɪˈlu ʒə nl/
of, relating to, or characterized by illusions; deceptive; misleading.
Origin of illusionary
First recorded in 1885-90; illusion + -ary
Related forms
nonillusional, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All were as transitory as smoke, as illusionary as the opium-eater's mid-day dream.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • What is it in this world that we love to believe real is not illusionary,—the question of duration being the only difference?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • One can never hope to surpass the illusionary appearance of a tableau vivant.

  • In this sentence there is expressed full knowledge of the illusionary nature of the lower personality.

  • In short, their arguments are illusionary in proportion as they themselves value them.

    A Critical Examination of Socialism

    William Hurrell Mallock
Word Origin and History for illusionary

1886, from illusion + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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