illusory [ih- loo-s uh-ree, -z uh-] Synonyms Word Origin Origin of illusory 1590–1600;
Late Latin illūsōrius,
) to mock, ridicule (see
-tōrius -tory 1 Related forms il·lu·so·ri·ly, adverb il·lu·so·ri·ness, noun un·il·lu·so·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for illusorily illusory illusive ( ɪˈluːsɪv) producing, produced by, or based on illusion; deceptive or unreal Derived Forms illusorily or illusively, adverb illusoriness or illusiveness, noun usage Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
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Word Origin and History for illusorily illusory adj.
1590s, from French
illusorie, from Late Latin illusorius "ironical, of a mocking character," from illus-, past participle stem of Latin illudere "mock at," literally "to play with," from assimilated form of in- "at, upon" (see in- (2)) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous).
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