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

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  • adj. Resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deceiving, or tending of deceive; fallacious; illusive.

from The 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.

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  • adj. based on or having the nature of an illusion


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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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  • Trevelyan masterfully depicts Marlborough's campaigns, but in illusory power it is doubtful that Churchill's historic battle scenes can be surpassed.

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  • This is known as the illusory dance of forms and emptiness, or the inseparability of awareness and the shining void.

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