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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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Trying to avoid this terror and rage, he submits to authority, or seeks an illusional superiority and sadistic power over less powerful people, or tries to overcome his feeling of insignificance by destroying others and making the outsi de world less threatening to him, or he tries to become an automaton identical with millions of others.
The illusional architecture was then painted by Orazio's associate, Agostino Tassi, a master of perspective, who had been engaged to teach that art to Artemisia.
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Her veil adorned with pearls and crystals fell from an illusional rhinestone tiara.
Such conflict is seldom attempted to be resolved by the laity whose knowledge of orthodox Buddhist thought is often very basic, and is tolerated by much of the priesthood as being a popular and harmless if not exactly "proper" form of religious practice, or as acceptable under the doctrine of "skilful means" (fangbian), emphasizing its usefulness in prompting thought over the transitory (and fundamentally illusional) nature of human existence.
Some scholars argue that this experience of free choice is more illusional than real--that these new technologies retain power or control for the designer while only appearing to empower the user (Johnson-Eiola 1997).
Teachers' power flows through their ability to kill the illusional student composed of ignorance, bad habits, inattention, lack of self-control, and lack of discipline constituted by prior experiences.
Within the work of these theologians one ever finds the traces of the Black aesthetic which pushes for a dwarfed understanding of Black life and a sacrifice of individuality for the sake of an illusional unified Black "faith." Implicit in all of this is a crisis of faith, a fear to address both the glory and guts of Black existence--nihilistic tendencies that unless held in tension with claims of transcendence have the potential to overwhelm, to suffocate.