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illusion

1. Psychol a perception that is not true to reality, having been altered subjectively in some way in the mind of the perceiver
2. a very fine gauze or tulle used for trimmings, veils, etc.

illusion

[ə′lü·zhən]
(psychology)
A false interpretation of a real sensation; a perception that misinterprets the object perceived.

Illusion

Barmecide feast
imaginary feast served t0 beggar by prince. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Barmecide’s Feast”]
Emperor’s New Clothes
supposedly invisible to unworthy people; in reality, nonexistent. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Fata Morgana
esp. in the Straits of Messina: named for Morgan le Fay. [Ital. Folklore: Espy, 14]
George and Martha
as an imaginary compensation for their childlessness, pretend they have a son, who would now be twenty-one. [Am. Drama: Edward Albee Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in On Stage, 447]
Glass Menagerie, The
drama of St. Louis family escaping reality through illusion (1945). [Am. Lit.: The Glass Menagerie, Magill III, 418–420]
Herbert, Niel
Mrs. Forrester’s affairs destroyed his image of her. [Am. Lit.: A Lost Lady]
Hudibras
English Don Quixote; opponent of repressive laws. [Br. Lit.: Hudibras, Espy, 204]
Marshland, Jinny
saw philanderer Brad Criley as true lover. [Am. Lit.: Cass Timberlane]
mirage
something illusory, such as an imaginary tree and pond in the midst of a desert. [Pop. Usage: Misc.]
Mitty, Walter
imagines self in brilliant and heroic roles. [Am. Lit.: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” in Cartwell, 606–610]
Quixote, Don
attacks windmills thinking them giants. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]
Snoopy
imaginative dog. [Comics: “Peanuts” in Horn, 542–543]
Xanadu
place appearing in Coleridge’s dream; where Kubla Khan “did/A stately pleasure-dome decree.” [Br. Lit.: “Kubla Khan” in Payton, 744]
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Since those days, usage of optical illusionary effects in ceramic art has continued based on theoretical and stylistic grounds.
As such, culture elements can indirectly affect the opportunity point of the fraud triangle: When a "damaged" or weak ethical organizational culture exists, there is a higher likelihood that the internal controls system will be flawed and a higher potential for more illusionary controls to exist.
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The diversity of this industry, while illusionary to many, is what keeps it viable, and guaranteed a long run.
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This explains a grim reality that expecting democratization of the Turkish political establishment, which grew and evolved throughout the 20th century with a mentality of exclusive Turkish identity, would be illusionary and misleading.
The optical illusionary effect of the candle can be adjusted by tilting the back mirror to the left or the right and forwards or backwards.
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With 64 percent freedom of press amid government restrictions, journalists being arrested, no transparency and no access of information, I think the result is from some illusionary world.
The hoped-for sanctuary in Germany, however, proved illusionary.
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Furthermore, even in situations where the consensus is that the possibilities of self-grafting or of pro-theses have been exhausted, and where the demand for such an operation is very strong, the idea of informed consent for a face allograft remains illusionary.