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  • adv. In a delusive or deluded manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a delusive manner; so as to delude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a deceptive and unrealistic manner


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  • History's accessibility to non-specialists makes it seem dangerously, delusively easy.

    Faulty Navigators

  • Marx's competitive and delusively "free" bourgeois — that guarantees its forward momentum and eventual articulation as a history of progress.

    The Melancholic Gift: Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Fiction

  • What both Aristotle and Weber made too little of is the mentality of the charismatic leader's followers, the disciples who discover in him, or delusively endow him with, superhuman qualities.

    Barack Obama, Shaman

  • At first the ascent was delusively easy, the sides of the mountain sloped gradually, and the material of which they were composed was a soft spongy turf, very tender and pleasant to walk upon.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • As long as we remain delusively convinced of our egoic separation, then we remain cut off from the capacity to empathize fully with others.

    Daily Dharma: Interbeing and Universal Responsibility

  • Then I should see grave-faced girls, girls of that budding age when their bearing becomes delusively wise, and the old deception of my youth will recur to me; “Could you and I but talk together?”

    A Modern Utopia

  • His eyes are large, and grave, and gray; their expression is intent and meditative, rather searching than soft, rather thoughtful than genial. when he parts his lips in a smile, his physiognomy is agreeable - not that it is frank or cheerful even then, but you feel the influence of a certain sedate charms, suggestive, whether truly or delusively, of

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • And over the years, around the turn of the 20th century, it started to take on this slightly different other kind of deception -- this definition for any artificial interest in, or association with, an object through which it appears delusively magnified or glorified.

    Virginia Postrel on glamour

  • One other element invokes perpetual thanksgiving — the flaked mica, which glistens delusively with hues of silver and gold, and gives to the tide-swept track that singular pliancy which resists the stamp of passing generations.

    Tropic Days

  • The water resting on the verge of the lovely Isle was as delusively clear, but was not deceptive.

    Tropic Days


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