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  • n. The quality of being illusive; deceptiveness; false show.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being illusive; deceptiveness; false show.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being illusive; deception; false show.


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  • I can see how its suggestiveness, its illusiveness, its density and its slow pace could frustrate some readers.

    Little, Big by John Crowley

  • To me it sums up the illusiveness of happiness, a subject that, as Daniel Finkelstein states in this morning's Times, has exercised a legion of philosophers, Aristotle among them.

    Wednesday's comment from the papers in...

  • In that light the figure seated in a silver, throne-like chair before him seemed unreal and fantastic, with an illusiveness of outline that was heightened by a filmy silken robe.

    The Hour of the Dragon

  • This illusiveness was an added spur to his desire to know this girl.

    Every Man for Himself

  • I have seen such as "February", for instance, in the Boston Museum, present for me the sensation of a man of great private spiritual and intellectual means, having the wish to express tactfully and convincingly his personal conclusions and reactions, leaning always toward the side of iridescent illusiveness rather than emotional blatancy and irrelevant extravagance.

    Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets

  • It seems to have a singular way of moving from point to point as one motors, and although one may be forced to admit that this may be due more to the winding roads than to the illusiveness of the hill, still the buoyant effect is the same.

    The Old Coast Road From Boston to Plymouth

  • When their eyes met, Chick caught the magnetic current of personality, the same sense of illusiveness that he and Harry

    The Blind Spot

  • In order to escape such evil omens and prevent the collapse of his mystical paradoxes, Berkeley keeps in reserve a much more insidious weapon, the sceptical doubt as to the representative character of anything mental, the possible illusiveness of all knowledge.

    The Life of Reason

  • Where a meaning is not to be conveyed, as in landscape, architecture, or music, the illusiveness of the form is not so objectionable: although in all these objects the tendency to observe forms and to demand them is

    The Sense of Beauty Being the Outlines of Aesthetic Theory

  • The colours of the sunset have a brilliancy that attracts attention, and a softness and illusiveness that enchant the eye; while the many associations of the evening and of heaven gather about this kindred charm and deepen it.

    The Sense of Beauty Being the Outlines of Aesthetic Theory


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