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Meaning of ILLUSION

Pronunciation:  i'loozhun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  2. [n]  the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
  3. [n]  something many people believe that is false; "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
  4. [n]  an erroneous mental representation

ILLUSION is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, delusion, fancy, fantasy, head game, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, phantasy, semblance, trick
 See Also: apparition, appearance, bubble, card trick, deceit, dissembling, dissimulation, ignis fatuus, irradiation, misconception, performance, phantom, phantom limb, prestidigitation, shadow, sleight of hand, will-o'-the-wisp, wishful thinking



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Il*lu"sion\, n. [F. illusion, L. illusio, fr.
illudere, illusum, to illude. See {Illude}.]
1. An unreal image presented to the bodily or mental vision;
   a deceptive appearance; a false show; mockery;

         To cheat the eye with blear illusions. --Milton.

2. Hence: Anything agreeably fascinating and charning;
   enchantment; witchery; glamour.

         Ye soft illusions, dear deceits, arise! --Pope.

3. (Physiol.) A sensation originated by some external object,
   but so modified as in any way to lead to an erroneous
   perception; as when the rolling of a wagon is mistaken for

Note: Some modern writers distinguish between an illusion and
      hallucination, regarding the former as originating with
      some external object, and the latter as having no
      objective occasion whatever.

4. A plain, delicate lace, usually of silk, used for veils,
   scarfs, dresses, etc.

Syn: Delusion; mockery; deception; chimera; fallacy. See
     {Delusion}. {Illusion}, {Delusion}. Illusion refers
     particularly to errors of the sense; delusion to false
     hopes or deceptions of the mind. An optical deception is
     an illusion; a false opinion is a delusion. --E.

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