Definitions

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  • adjective Devoid of illusions.

Etymologies

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illusion +‎ -less

Examples

  • She had the illusionless eyes of middle age, experienced, lined, proof against most surprises, and yet in that one flash of glad astonishment they had a lustre and depth that shook him to the heart.

    A River So Long

  • "I have experienced it," said Philip, and drew a little aside, but did not go, and did not release him from the illusionless penetration of the black, aloof stare.

    A River So Long

  • One encounters here no aestheticized hypocrisy about a simple little everyday, a simple little home and a simple little happiness, one encounters an honest soul that looks with completely illusionless eyes on that which is, sees the inevitability of suffering and the vanity of happiness, but does not seek a port of refuge from it, rather instead prepares itself for - higher flight.

    Karin Boye - a biographical profile - 5

  • But in light of recent events, if we give ourselves up to what the Swedish Academy called his "incorruptible scrutiny," we hear a wise and illusionless voice whispering, "Welcome to the world."

    Periscope

  • Rereading Naipaul now, in light of recent events, giving ourselves up to what the Swedish Academy called his "incorruptible scrutiny," is to hear a dry, wise and illusionless voice whispering, "Welcome to the world."

    Literature: A Voice For Dire Times

  • It was an order, and Graves -- a tall thin Brit with an illusionless, razor-burned face -- had a voice seemingly engineered to give orders.

    Excerpt: God Lives In St. Petersburg by Tom Bissell

  • Behind him lies the wreckage of a great love, ahead of him the model of Christopher Isherwood, illusionless diarist of Berlin at the crossroads.

    Absolute Friends

  • She had the illusionless eyes of middle age, experienced, lined, proof against most surprises, and yet in that one flash of glad astonishment they had a lustre and depth that shook him to the heart.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • "I have experienced it," said Philip, and drew a little aside, but did not go, and did not release him from the illusionless penetration of the black, aloof stare.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • Thus eye to eye she showed as experienced and illusionless, not bruised but wary of bruises, and prepared to evade or return them at need; and yet even younger than he had taken her to be, surely no more than eighteen.

    The Holy Thief

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