illusory

[ ih-loo-suh-ree, -zuh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF illusory

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ILLUSORY

It may be remote, it may be hidden by centuries of illusory nationality, but it must be there.

The fog was making the kind of dimness that has a curious, illusory character.

The illusory connection of some insipid narrative is only delusive.

The curative effect on bodily disabilities is thus often an illusory one.

Its garments too glistened so much the brighter with an illusory magnificence.

However natural this solution may appear, it is illusory and can lead to naught.

Such is the illusory character of this elevated and crystal atmosphere.

The excuse we are trying to make for the mechanicians is illusory.

That bubble has burst, leaving him only the reflection, how illusory it has been.

Civil laws are so framed as to make it impossible or illusory.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from French illusorie, from Late Latin illusorius "ironical, of a mocking character," from illus-, past participle stem of Latin illudere "mock at," literally "to play with," from assimilated form of in- "at, upon" (see in- (2)) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous).

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