Definition of hallucinatory in US English:



  • 1Of or resembling a hallucination.

    ‘a hallucinatory fantasy’
    • ‘In a kind of visual coda that seems to exist outside the novel's spatial and formal boundaries, the hallucinatory episode encapsulates the unconscious primacy of the visual and the belated helplessness of narrative in the face of it.’
    • ‘It assumed a hallucinatory significance there on the bare, bleached boards of the porch floor.’
    • ‘They are delusional, hallucinatory and confused; the clinical picture resembles somewhat the French notion of bouffees delirantes.’
    • ‘His starry eyed, almost hallucinatory imaginings remind us that dreams are part of life, too.’
    • ‘In effect, the secret of love is that it can only exist in an hallucinatory space where fantasy and reality, past and present, dream and memory, are indistinct.’
    • ‘In an effort to escape his present reality, Marlow drifts off into a hallucinatory dream world - imagining a detective story in his head.’
    • ‘Flint could do much with this convergence of hallucinatory imagination, technologies of communication, and literary expression, yet chooses not to exploit the possibilities of the passage.’
    • ‘We're talking musical numbers, dream sequences, split screens, hallucinatory fantasies - the works.’
    • ‘His existential thriller, Portrait of a Lady Far Away, is a dreamy, hallucinatory ride through Tehran by twilight.’
    • ‘I don't know what happened to certain people in the United States after 9 / 11, but they seemed to have entered some sort of hallucinatory fugue state in which they lost all reason.’
    • ‘In the case of perception, what makes it possible to seem to see or hear what is not there is that one's experience may in various ways be inaccurate, nonveridical, subject to illusion, or hallucinatory.’
    • ‘I need to own a gun, multiculturalism is evil, and they have some hallucinatory fantasies about Aryan civilization.’
    • ‘Freud affirmed that, with very few exceptions, dreams were disguised, hallucinatory fulfilments of repressed wishes.’
    • ‘Staggering through the alien streets, he lost all consciousness of himself in a vortex, a whirling maelstrom, of hideous and terrifying hallucinatory images and imaginings.’
    • ‘Paul's hallucinatory obsessions further spread his feet between the worlds of fantasy and reality until he has to confront his fears.’
    • ‘So much of the world we inhabit is virtual already, hallucinatory already.’
    • ‘The gauze of normality gives it a hallucinatory atmosphere of science fiction cut with the surreal banality of the suburbs.’
    • ‘‘Dreams are a delusional hallucinatory state’ driven by activation of the brain's basic motivational system, Solms told a recent gathering of scientists in New York City.’
    • ‘But it had me utterly involved from the very start, and that's down to the mind-bogglingly superb animation that, for me, had a human and psychologically acute element to add to the expected dimension of hallucinatory fantasy.’
    • ‘Reassessing the archival records in EMA, Arenas rewrites Mier's life in his own fantasized, creative, hallucinatory, baroque picaresque fashion.’
    unreal, non-existent, fictional, fictitious, pretend, make-believe, mythical, mythological, legendary, storybook, fanciful, fantastic
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    1. 1.1 Inducing hallucinations.
      ‘a hallucinatory drug’
      • ‘Is Jack the victim of hallucinatory drugs, or is he really seeing his own future?’
      • ‘It is an ‘exception’ that is mocked in L' Arrogance française as a hallucinatory drug that spills over into all facets of life from haute cuisine to the heavily subsidised and introverted cinema industry.’
      • ‘On the other hand you will find, right now, crack, coke, meths, hallucinatory drugs, hashish, marijuana and alcohol.’
      • ‘Most people presumed, that like most hallucinatory drugs, it was originally made to help alleviate the symptoms of mental illness, but as soon as it hit the streets, it spread like wildfire.’
      • ‘Edinburgh council has just announced plans for an outdoor public art event that, by the sounds of it, will be a bit like wandering around the Royal Highland Show after taking hallucinatory drugs.’
      • ‘When the staff searched his luggage (standard procedure for new patients), they found a stash of marijuana, pain killers, hallucinatory mushrooms, you name it.’
      • ‘Imagine spiking the special effects crew's Ovaltine with an hallucinatory drug and telling the scriptwriters to lose their inhibitions.’
      • ‘It's hallucinatory without being psychedelic, and it gives way nicely to the slow gestation of ‘Imbusteros,’ which unfortunately dies before it can we can appreciate it.’
      • ‘Industrial hemp, like marijuana, is a member of the cannabis sativa family, but has negligible traces of the hallucinatory chemical THC.’
      • ‘The book is a hallucinatory drug, its words venomous mushrooms sprouting in dark armies on the soft fibres of paper.’
      • ‘However, R v Lipman [1969] 3 All ER 410 makes it quite clear that this defence cannot succeed if the state has been induced by the accused voluntarily taking alcohol or non-prescribed hallucinatory drugs.’
      • ‘Why didn't they test the ‘holy water’ he dipped these swabs in for any anesthetic or some hallucinatory drug?’
      • ‘Recent scholarship suggests that the sometimes hallucinatory and psychedelic drink called soma, personified and worshipped as the god Soma in the ancient Indian Vedas, was in fact pressed from a type of mushroom called soma.’
      dreamlike, phantasmagoric, psychedelic, kaleidoscopic, surreal, unreal, illusory, visionary, fantastic, fantastical, chimerical, nightmarish, kafkaesque
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