Word of the Day – illusory

SO much more beautiful than “fake”. 🙂

il⋅lu⋅so⋅ry  /ɪˈlusəri, -zə-/ [i-loo-suh-ree, -zuh-]–adjective
1. causing illusion; deceptive; misleading.
2. of the nature of an illusion; unreal.

1590–1600; < LL illūsōrius, equiv. to illūd(ere) to mock, ridicule (see illusion ) + -tōrius -tory 1

1. fallacious, specious, false. 2. imaginary; visionary, fancied.

Produced by, based on, or having the nature of an illusion; deceptive: “Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy”.

Il*lu”so*ry\, a. [Cf. F. illusore.] Deceiving, or tending of deceive; fallacious; illusive; as, illusory promises or hopes.

likely to mislead or deceive : FALSE, DECEPTIVE illusory plea bargain leading to a longer sentence than expected

based on or producing illusion : being deceptive illusory displacement of the visual field in man when the eyes are moved passively


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