What does illusion mean?

Definitions for illusion
ɪˈlu ʒənil·lu·sion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word illusion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. illusion, semblancenoun

    an erroneous mental representation

  2. illusion, fantasy, phantasy, fancynoun

    something many people believe that is false

    "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"

  3. delusion, illusion, head gamenoun

    the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

  4. magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deceptionnoun

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Wiktionary

  1. illusionnoun

    Anything that seems to be something that it is not.

  2. illusionnoun

    A misapprehension; a belief in something that is in fact not true.

    Jane has this illusion that John is in love with her.

  3. illusionnoun

    A magician's trick.

  4. illusionnoun

    The fact of being an illusion (in any of the above senses).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Illusionnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illusionnoun

    an unreal image presented to the bodily or mental vision; a deceptive appearance; a false show; mockery; hallucination

  2. Illusionnoun

    hence: Anything agreeably fascinating and charning; enchantment; witchery; glamour

  3. Illusionnoun

    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

  4. Illusionnoun

    a plain, delicate lace, usually of silk, used for veils, scarfs, dresses, etc

Freebase

  1. Illusion

    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

  1. Illusion

    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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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illusion' in Nouns Frequency: #2618

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illusion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illusion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of illusion in a Sentence

  1. Leo Tolstoy:

    What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.

  2. Judy Garland:

    How strange when an illusion dies. It's as though you've lost a child.

  3. Ze Frank:

    Any individual entity that presumes to understand the rules that guide this space is under an illusion.

  4. Andrei Kostin:

    The task to sell all of this is quite complicated and it is some sort of an illusion that there are some people who would buy right now, today, the economic situation is very difficult, the outlook also anything but simple, that's why the sale will definitely be transparent and honest. To find a buyer today is not easy.

  5. Damir Novotny:

    Politicians are still spreading the illusion that public- sector reform can continue to be postponed, but Croatia does not have much time, maybe a year or two at most, to display determination to move from mostly state-dominated to the private-sector based economy. Otherwise, creditors will become wary and borrowing may turn expensive.

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