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delusive

[ dih-loo-siv ]
/ dɪˈlu sɪv /
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adjective

tending to delude; misleading; deceptive: a delusive reply.
of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal: a delusive belief.

RELATED WORDS

chimeric, chimerical, deceitful, delusive, fallacious, illusive, illusory, imaginary, misleading, false

Nearby words

delusion, delusion of grandeur, delusion of negation, delusion of persecution, delusional, delusive, delusively, delusory, delusterant, delustering, deluxe
Also de·lu·so·ry [dih-loo-suh-ree] /dɪˈlu sə ri/.

Origin of delusive

First recorded in 1595–1605; delus(ion) + -ive
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Examples from the Web for delusory

  • It would be delusory to take the MB's democratic protestations at face value.

    Beware Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood|Leslie H. Gelb|January 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • Such are often given over to woeful hard-heartedness or despair; for God will not be mocked with delusory words.

Word Origin and History for delusory

delusive


adj.

c.1600; see delusion + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper