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illusionary

or il·lu·sion·al

[ih-loo-zhuh-ner-ee or ih-loo-zhuh-nl]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by illusions; deceptive; misleading.
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Origin of illusionary

First recorded in 1885–90; illusion + -ary
Related formsnon·il·lu·sion·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for illusionary

Historical Examples

  • 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.


Word Origin and History for illusionary

adj.

1886, from illusion + -ary.

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