What does Illusion mean?
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an erroneous mental representation
illusion, fantasy, phantasy, fancynoun
something many people believe that is false
"they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
delusion, illusion, head gamenoun
the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deceptionnoun
an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
Anything that seems to be something that it is not.
A misapprehension; a belief in something that is in fact not true.
Jane has this illusion that John is in love with her.
A magician's trick.
The fact of being an illusion (in any of the above senses).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Mockery; false show; counterfeit appearance; errour.
Etymology: illusio, Latin; illusion, Fr.
That, distill'd by magick slights,
Shall raise such artificial sprights,
As, by the strength of their illusion,
Shall draw him on to his confusion. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
There wanted not some about him that would have persuaded him that all was but an illusion. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.
So oft they fell
Into the same illusion; not as man,
Whom they triumph'd, once laps'd. John Milton, Parad. Lost.
An excuse for uncharitableness, drawn from pretended inability, is of all others the most general and prevailing illusion. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
Many are the illusions by which the enemy endeavours to cheat men into security, and defeat their title to salvation. John Rogers, Sermons.
To dream once more I close my willing eyes;
Ye soft illusions, dear deceits, arise! Alexander Pope.
We must use some illusion to render a pastoral delightful; and this consists in exposing the best side only of a shepherd's life, and in concealing its miseries. Alexander Pope.
an unreal image presented to the bodily or mental vision; a deceptive appearance; a false show; mockery; hallucination
hence: Anything agreeably fascinating and charning; enchantment; witchery; glamour
a sensation originated by some external object, but so modified as in any way to lead to an erroneous perception; as when the rolling of a wagon is mistaken for thunder
a plain, delicate lace, usually of silk, used for veils, scarfs, dresses, etc
An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. While illusions distort reality, they are generally shared by most people. Illusions may occur with more of the human senses than vision, but visual illusions, optical illusions, are the most well known and understood. The emphasis on visual illusions occurs because vision often dominates the other senses. For example, individuals watching a ventriloquist will perceive the voice is coming from the dummy since they are able to see the dummy mouth the words. Some illusions are based on general assumptions the brain makes during perception. These assumptions are made using organizational principles, like Gestalt, an individual's ability of depth perception and motion perception, and perceptual constancy. Other illusions occur because of biological sensory structures within the human body or conditions outside of the body within one’s physical environment. The term illusion refers to a specific form of sensory distortion. Unlike a hallucination, which is a distortion in the absence of a stimulus, an illusion describes a misinterpretation of a true sensation. For example, hearing voices regardless of the environment would be a hallucination, whereas hearing voices in the sound of running water would be an illusion.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
il-lū′zhun, n. a playing upon: a mocking: deceptive appearance: false show: error.—n. Illū′sionist, one who is subject to illusions: one who produces illusions, as sleight-of-hand tricks, for entertainment.—adjs. Illū′sive, Illū′sory, deceiving by false appearances: false.—adv. Illū′sively.—n. Illū′siveness. [See Illude.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Illusion' in Nouns Frequency: #2618
The numerical value of Illusion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Illusion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of Illusion in a Sentence
No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
I regard as a mortal sin not only the lying of the senses in matters of love, but also the illusion which the senses seek to create where love is only partial. I say, I believe, that one must love with all of one's being, or else live, come what may, a life of complete chastity.
Love is only half the illusion the lover, but not his love, is deceived.
Separation is an illusion, we are all in this together
Italy is part of a global trend of distrust in mediators -- doctors and scientists -- who can interpret and explain data, with the advent of the Internet, people have the illusion they can access and read data by themselves, removing the need for technical and scientific knowledge.
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Translations for Illusion
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- انخداع, وهم, هلوسةArabic
- illusió, il·lusióCatalan, Valencian
- Sinnestäuschung, Illusion, WahnvorstellungGerman
- παραίσθηση, ψευδαίσθηση, κόπλοGreek
- illusioon, võlutrikk, näilineEstonian
- irudipen, ameskeria, itxaropenBasque
- harha, taikatemppu, harhaluulo, illuusioFinnish
- 幻覚, 幻想Japanese
- ილუზია, ილუზიონიGeorgian
- acu mānsLatvian
- truuk, illusie, zinsbegoocheling, trickDutch
- iluzja, złudzeniePolish
- наваждение, иллюзияRussian
- trick, förvillelse, synvilla, illusionSwedish
- ảo giácVietnamese
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