Antonyms for illusions

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Then came that man, he filled her heart with illusions, and took her away in my absence.

There were no illusions in the mind of Andrew Lanning about what lay before him.

Some illusions, and this among them, are the shadows of great truths.

As we get along in years we lose our illusions—some of them, not all, thank God.

You've lost a lot of illusions, of course, but perhaps you've gained ideals.

It was the Eternal Grace which had pity upon her, and restored her illusions.

His nature was one that is not easily accessible to illusions.

These illusions spring from misinterpretation of Scripture language.

I have no illusions, they will end by catching me again, all the same.

I have no illusions about the magnitude of the job, of its practical hopelessness.


mid-14c., "act of deception," from Old French illusion "a mocking, deceit, deception" (12c.), from Latin illusionem (nominative illusio) "a mocking, jesting, irony," from illudere "mock at," literally "to play with," from assimilated form of in- "at, upon" (see in- (2)) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "deceptive appearance" developed in Church Latin and was attested in English by late 14c. Related: Illusioned "full of illusions" (1920).