something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality.
the state or condition of being deceived; misapprehension.
an instance of being deceived.
Psychology. a perception, as of visual stimuli (optical illusion ), that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality.
a very thin, delicate tulle of silk or nylon having a cobwebbed appearance, for trimmings, veilings, and the like.
Obsolete. the act of deceiving; deception; delusion.
- il·lu·sioned, adjective
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How to use illusion in a sentence
I don’t live in the illusion that we can do something that magically makes the misleading information problem goes away.
It fills the time, and it gives an illusion of control to the smoker.
Though great parkour animations give the illusion of fluidity, the controls themselves are clunky and unnatural.
The PS4’s interface had the illusion of simplicity, and the PS5 continues that with two steps forward and one step back.Review: Sony’s PlayStation 5 is here, but next-generation gaming is still on its way | Devin Coldewey | November 6, 2020 | TechCrunch
The illusion of everyone having something unique to say about any situation also holds up well.‘Watch Dogs: Legion’ review in progress: Virtual London is legit, but story’s a snooze so far | Gene Park | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
I wouldn't giv a cent for a man who hadn't bin illusioned, and who didn't expect tew be several times again.Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings | Henry Wheeler Shaw
He was himself too much of a player on the stage of American affairs to be illusioned by any mimic representation.Children of the Market Place | Edgar Lee Masters
I think nothing else of importance happened during the day, but I was so illusioned with fever that I cannot be sure.Ladysmith | H. W. Nevinson
British Dictionary definitions for illusion
a false appearance or deceptive impression of reality: the mirror gives an illusion of depth
a false or misleading perception or belief; delusion: he has the illusion that he is really clever
psychol a perception that is not true to reality, having been altered subjectively in some way in the mind of the perceiver: See also hallucination
a very fine gauze or tulle used for trimmings, veils, etc
- illusionary or illusional, adjective
- illusioned, adjective
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