Definition of illusory in English:



  • Based on illusion; not real:

    ‘she knew the safety of her room was illusory’
    • ‘By humiliating others, a person gains an illusory sense of worth and importance.’
    • ‘One of the leading themes of current philosophy is that the notion of objectivity is utterly illusory.’
    • ‘They don't want to deceive each other with illusory promises of undying love.’
    • ‘Instead, he is a man with a nonexistent economic policy and an illusory budget plan.’
    • ‘The prospect of getting their motion through was illusory rather than real.’
    • ‘While the data supporting mobile phone risk is illusory, our commitment to risk is quite real.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to say that holes in socks are unreal and illusory just because the hole isn't made of anything and is purely an absence.’
    • ‘The illusory nature of what we experience can be seen most clearly by examining the dream state.’
    • ‘The abolition of religion as people's illusory happiness is the demand for their real happiness.’
    • ‘The purpose of the Vedas is to cut down the illusory tree of the material world and attain the real tree of the spiritual world.’
    • ‘Progress towards equity is both real and illusory, things both have and have not progressed.’
    • ‘But it's an illusory solution because it has little to do with wealth creation.’
    • ‘Each year the monastery's monks perform sacred chham dances that enact the illusory nature of life.’
    • ‘The arbitrariness of these figures is itself an indication of the illusory nature of the benefits.’
    • ‘On the negative side, it gives a false or illusory idea of oneself as indispensable in the eyes of other people.’
    • ‘But it's an illusory prize and not worth the sacrifice of lives and principles.’
    • ‘Secularism does not end up healing wounds; it only applies an illusory balm.’
    • ‘Turn to the window at the other end of the upper floor and the view of real Oxford is again illusory.’
    • ‘Our ability to think in abstractions without using the physical world as a base tends to be illusory.’
    • ‘Still less do we need to try and settle that rivalry by calling one of them real and the others more or less illusory.’
    delusory, delusional, delusive
    illusionary, imagined, imaginary, fancied, non-existent, unreal, hallucinatory
    sham, hollow, deceptive, deceiving, false, fallacious, fake, bogus, mistaken, erroneous, misleading, misguided, untrue, specious, fanciful, notional, chimerical
    illusive, barmecide
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