Definition of delusory in US English:



  • another term for delusive
    • ‘These ‘extremes’ of delusory belief appear from experimental evidence to be associated with the existence of microscopic lesions in the right brain.’
    • ‘He poisoned his mother-in-law in the delusory hope of a legacy.’
    • ‘In Buddhist thought, this feeling that we are the real thing, the most important person, the center of everything, is delusory.’
    • ‘The bourgeoisie's delusory fantasy of self-reliance is thus rendered utterly absurd.’
    • ‘Does this imply that narratives' clarifying and consoling effects are delusory?’
    • ‘In the absence of such an understanding, spirituality will always be construed as extracurricular or a complement to education at best, and a delusory distraction at worst.’
    • ‘Events in Europe offered Japan a delusory ray of hope.’
    • ‘Yes, it is illusory and delusory, and yes we know that, but we must continue to live in it.’
    • ‘James acknowledges that there was something delusory about this ostensibly unified culture.’
    • ‘I approached situations, circumstances, objects and other people looking to find out if my beliefs were delusory.’
    • ‘Instead it is delusory - its place is located in the imagination.’
    • ‘The Mayan calendar is a gateway to realms of consciousness that the majority of mankind has been blinded to by the use of false delusory calendars.’
    • ‘In this way, all unenlightened experience is fabricated by the various aspects of the mind as it generates a false self and projects delusory objects onto reality.’