American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. 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).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing illusion; deceiving or tending to deceive by false appearances; fallacious.
- Synonyms Deceptive, delusive. See delusion.
- n. An illusion; a cheat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Deceiving, or tending of deceive; fallacious; illusive.
- adj. based on or having the nature of an illusion
“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.”
“And the SEC says Dell consistently misrepresented how it has generated consistent growth numbers resulting in illusory stock values that made possible Michael Dell's astronomical stock option gains.”
“Trevelyan masterfully depicts Marlborough's campaigns, but in illusory power it is doubtful that Churchill's historic battle scenes can be surpassed.”
“At the end of the day, there is a short-term illusory benefit from having fewer shares in issue.”
“If we give up some short-term illusory growth as a side effect of curtailing their activities, this is a small price to pay.”
“Senior cabinet ministers ridiculed such efficiency savings as "illusory" - and angered some of the businessmen involved by accusing them of being fooled by "flimsy advice" and a Tory”
“But the benefits of this have proven to be largely 'illusory' - given the £150bn of losses banks are likely to suffer thanks to the current meltdown, the report claims.”
“This is known as the illusory dance of forms and emptiness, or the inseparability of awareness and the shining void.”
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