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Definition of "illusory" []

  • Produced by, based on, or having the nature of an illusion; deceptive: "Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy” ( Tom Wicker). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "illusory" in a sentence
  • "Instead of entering into an intermediate state, the yogi rises from the death state in what we call an illusory body, in place of the intermediate state."
  • "Another word in Professor Daly's lexicon is "foreground," which she defines as the illusory reality established over the centuries within a male-dominated, hierarchical culture bent on destroying women, animals and the earth."
  • "As I recall, we could hear him smacking his lips in illusory ecstasy, even from the back seat."