Definitions for hallucinationhəˌlu səˈneɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hal•lu•ci•na•tionhəˌlu səˈneɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usu. manifested as visual or auditory images.

    Category: Psychiatry

  2. the sensation caused by a hallucinatory condition or the object or scene visualized.

    Category: Psychiatry

  3. a false belief or impression; illusion; delusion.

Origin of hallucination:

1640–50; < L

hal•lu`ci•na′tion•al-ˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv(adj.)

hal•lu′ci•na`tive-ˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hallucination(noun)

    illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder

  2. delusion, hallucination(noun)

    a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea

    "he has delusions of competence"; "his dreams of vast wealth are a hallucination"

  3. hallucination(noun)

    an object perceived during a hallucinatory episode

    "he refused to believe that the angel was a hallucination"

Wiktionary

  1. hallucination(Noun)

    A sensory perception of something that does not exist, arising from disorder of the nervous system, as in delirium tremens; a delusion.

  2. hallucination(Noun)

    The act of hallucinating; a wandering of the mind; an error, mistake or blunder.

  3. Origin: Derives from verb to hallucinate, from hallucinatus. Compare French hallucination. The first known usage in the English language is from Sir Thomas Browne.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hallucination(noun)

    the act of hallucinating; a wandering of the mind; error; mistake; a blunder

  2. Hallucination(noun)

    the perception of objects which have no reality, or of sensations which have no corresponding external cause, arising from disorder or the nervous system, as in delirium tremens; delusion

Freebase

  1. Hallucination

    A hallucination is a perception in the absence of a stimulus which has qualities of real perception. Hallucinations are vivid, substantial, and located in external objective space. They are distinguished from the related phenomena of dreaming, which does not involve wakefulness; illusion, which involves distorted or misinterpreted real perception; imagery, which does not mimic real perception and is under voluntary control; and pseudohallucination, which does not mimic real perception, but is not under voluntary control. Hallucinations also differ from "delusional perceptions", in which a correctly sensed and interpreted stimulus is given some additional significance. Hallucinations can occur in any sensory modality — visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, proprioceptive, equilibrioceptive, nociceptive, thermoceptive and chronoceptive. A mild form of hallucination is known as a disturbance, and can occur in any of the senses above. These may be things like seeing movement in peripheral vision, or hearing faint noises and/or voices. Auditory hallucinations are very common in paranoid schizophrenia. They may be benevolent or malicious, cursing the patient etc. Auditory hallucinations of the malicious type are frequently heard like people talking about the patient behind their back. Like auditory hallucinations, the source of their visual counterpart can also be behind the patient's back. Their visual counterpart is the feeling of being looked-stared at, usually with malicious intent. Frequently, auditory hallucinations and their visual counterpart are experienced by the patient together.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

hallucination(noun)

the seeing of something that is not really there

He had hallucinations after he took drugs.

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