illusionist

[ih-loo-zhuh-nist]

noun

a conjurer or magician who creates illusions, as by sleight of hand.
an adherent of illusionism.

Nearby words

  1. illuminometer,
  2. illus.,
  3. illusion,
  4. illusionary,
  5. illusionism,
  6. illusive,
  7. illusively,
  8. illusory,
  9. illust.,
  10. illustrate

Origin of illusionist

First recorded in 1835–45; illusion + -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for illusionist

illusionist

noun

a person given to illusions; visionary; dreamer
philosophy a person who believes in illusionism
an artist who practises illusionism
a conjuror; magician
Derived Formsillusionistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for illusionist

illusionist

n.

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

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