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[ih-loo-zhuh-nist] /ɪˈlu ʒə nɪst/
a conjurer or magician who creates illusions, as by sleight of hand.
an adherent of illusionism.
Origin of illusionist
First recorded in 1835-45; illusion + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He may be an illusionist pure and simple and does not indulge in sleight-of-hand at all.

    Indian Conjuring L. H. Branson
  • The imitative or "illusionist" picture pleads its case most plausibly.

    The Enjoyment of Art Carleton Noyes
  • That my Brahmin guide was a hypnotist and an illusionist, I have since thought.

    Fire-Tongue Sax Rohmer
  • The man of sense is the visionary or illusionist, fancying things as permanencies, and thoughts as fleeting phantoms.


    Amos Bronson Alcott
  • Archæological accuracy is merely a condition of illusionist stage effect; it is not its quality.

    Intentions Oscar Wilde
  • And Fate, who is something of an illusionist herself, plays into the hands of such as he.

  • It is not easy to avoid extravagance in speaking of one who was in all things an illusionist.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • There was nothing in the illusionist's general manner that could be construed into aberration of intellect.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
British Dictionary definitions for illusionist


a person given to illusions; visionary; dreamer
(philosophy) a person who believes in illusionism
an artist who practises illusionism
a conjuror; magician
Derived Forms
illusionistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for illusionist

"conjurer, magic act performer," 1840, from illusion + -ist. Earlier "one suffering from illusions" (1812).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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