or il·lu·sion·al

[ih-loo-zhuh-ner-ee or ih-loo-zhuh-nl]


of, relating to, or characterized by illusions; deceptive; misleading.

Origin of illusionary

First recorded in 1885–90; illusion + -ary
Related formsnon·il·lu·sion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for illusionary

Historical Examples of illusionary

  • All were as transitory as smoke, as illusionary as the opium-eater's mid-day dream.

  • 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

1886, from illusion + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper