from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to deceive; delusive.

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  • adj. tending to delude

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Delusive; fallacious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Apt to deceive; deceptive; delusive.

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

  • adj. causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true


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  • Elements of the administration are clinging to the "delusory" belief that Mr. Mubarak can hold on, said Robert Kagan, a foreign policy analyst at the Brookings Institution who has been a supporter of the president's foreign policy.

    The White House Hardens Its Tone

  • Sadly, such Panglossian self-delusion is not confined merely to the Lab-liar front bench but has seeped into the self-delusory tone of much CiF comment which has reacted splenetically to having been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, the lid of which has now been firmly smacked shut.

    The 'big society' is collapsing under its inherent absurdity | Catherine Bennett

  • But the settlements prevailed, delusory shortcuts to a palpable proof that the Jewish people were truly blessed by God.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • 'Fess up, Mets fans: After these last two delusory seasons, aren't you even a little tempted to walk the wire with Ollie?

    The One Thing the Mets Don't Need

  • And Ieuan ab Ifor would simply have to resign himself to losing a delusory image of a submissive wife, a creature Heledd could never become.

    His Disposition

  • They were a match made in a spinning, blinders-on Republican heaven, where the faithful still believe that conservative politicians and their pundits, with a little bit of faith and a lot more charm, can transform failures and shortcomings into delusory gold, and rebirth multimillionaires into everyday people who really care about the plights of their Joe Six-Pack and Soccer Mom peers.

    Jane Devin: Courting the Jester: The Slippery Right's Love Affair With Limbaugh

  • You can see the side-by-side comparison here, but the most delusory part of this is Dowd's explanation: josh is right.

    double click command-c command-v

  • Hey, it's my opinion that only someone with the self-delusory powers of the mentally ill could imagine that supporting Nader is anything but supporting fascism.

    Election Central Morning Roundup

  • He believes that if we were to see things clearly, without the narrowing of vision and the distortion brought about by our delusory thinking, we would all get along because it is in our interest to do so.

    Peter Clothier: Survival Of The Selfless?

  • A mankind which no longer knows want will begin to have an inkling of the delusory, futile nature of all the arrangements hitherto made in order to escape want, which used wealth to reproduce want on a larger scale.

    Hegel on Buddhism


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