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illusion

noun

1 illusion

An erroneous mental representation.

synonym: semblance.

Roget 443: dim sight, dull sight half sight, short sight, near sight, long sight, double sight, astigmatic sight, failing sight; dimsightedness &c.; purblindness, lippitude; myopia, presbyopia; ... show more

Dutch: chimère, drogbeeld, fantasma, hallucinatie, hersenschim, hersenspinsel, illusie, spooksel, waandenkbeeld, waanidee ... show more



2 illusion

Something many people believe that is false:
— They have the illusion that I am very wealthy.

synonyms: fancy, fantasy, phantasy.

Roget 515: imagination; originality; invention; fancy; inspiration; verve.    warm imagination, heated imagination, excited imagination, sanguine imagination, ardent imagination, fiery imagination, boiling imagination, wild imagination, ... show more

Dutch: fantasy, illusie, inbeelding, verbeelding, zinsbegoocheling
Polish: iluzja, złudzenie

3 illusion

The act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas.

synonyms: delusion, head game.

Roget 495: error, fallacy; misconception, misapprehension, misstanding, misunderstanding; inexactness etc. adj.; laxity; misconstruction etc. (misinterpretation) 523; ... show more

Dutch: inbeelding, waan
Polish: mamienie, mylenie, zwodzenie, łudzenie

4 illusion

An illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers.

synonyms: conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick.

Roget 545: deception; falseness etc. 544; untruth etc. 546; imposition, imposture; fraud, deceit, guile; fraudulence, fraudulency; ... show more

Dutch: gegoochel, goochelarij, goochelkunst, hocus-pocus, illusionisme
Polish: sztuczka, trick, trik


Moby thesaurus: aberrancy, aberration, air, airy nothing, apparition, appearance, bamboozlement, bedevilment, befooling, bewitchery, bewitchment, bluffing, brainchild, bubble, calculated deception, captivation, chimera, circumvention, conning, deceiving ... show more.

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