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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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With each costume change taking under three seconds, the 'Quick Change Show' has gained recognition as one of the most amazing illusionary performances one could ever watch live.
"Maoist's ideology is illusionary. They (Maoists) bring people to their fold by motivating them, by instigating them.
This week saw more inane babbling from managers such as Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, who witnesses an "illusionary foul", then didn't agree with a first yellow card and then, not surprisingly, didn't see the incident for the red (Eboue against Tottenham).
The Government is absolutely right, in my view, to ask us to give up a little of our much cherished but usually selfish and often illusionary sense of privacy in favour of the common good.
But on the way back down the M6 a grim reality took hold that these celebrations were somehow illusionary.
Seckel (California Institute of Technology) presents a brief overview of the history of illusionary art, also called trompe l'oeil, and provides biographical information on each artist, as well as useful commentary on particular images.
The Now Crowd are the movers and shakers that, unlike their media-hungry predecessors, the It Crowd, don't follow fashion but dictate it.Trompe L'Oeil Everyone from Anna Sui, Cacharel and Marc Jacobs used illusionary details on clothes.
In designing this complex, our objective was to create an immersive, funfilled, illusionary place, familiar in some ways and new and surprising in others.
Carefully negotiating z-D/3-D geometries, Meadows's strongest pieces make an illusionary flatness pop forward.
The novel's form and content remain elusive and illusionary, disturbing and surreal, but, curiously enough, this does not put the reader off; the effect is quite the contrary.
What draws attention is the embarrassing silence of the international community, which rallied and formed a coalition to combat an illusionary organisation with unknown goals, said Qatar's Al Sharq.
"I consider it somewhat illusionary to think that sanctions could make Russia behave the way the West expects," Schr|der was quoted as saying by German daily Die Welt on Wednesday, Itar-Tass reported.