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ILLUSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does illusion mean? 

ILLUSION (noun)
  The noun ILLUSION has 4 senses:

1. an erroneous mental representation
2. something many people believe that is false
3. the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
4. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

  Familiarity information: ILLUSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ILLUSION (noun)


Sense 1illusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An erroneous mental representation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

illusion; semblance

Hypernyms ("illusion" is a kind of...):

appearance (a mental representation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "illusion"):

apparition; fantasm; phantasm; phantasma; phantom; shadow (something existing in perception only)

irradiation (the apparent enlargement of a bright object when viewed against a dark background)

phantom limb (the illusion that a limb still exists after it has been amputated)


Sense 2illusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something many people believe that is false

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

fancy; phantasy; illusion; fantasy

Context example:

they have the illusion that I am very wealthy

Hypernyms ("illusion" is a kind of...):

misconception (an incorrect conception)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "illusion"):

bubble (an impracticable and illusory idea)

ignis fatuus; will-o'-the-wisp (an illusion that misleads)

wishful thinking (the illusion that what you wish for is actually true)


Sense 3illusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

head game; illusion; delusion

Hypernyms ("illusion" is a kind of...):

deceit; deception; dissembling; dissimulation (the act of deceiving)


Sense 4illusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

conjuring trick; magic trick; legerdemain; magic; thaumaturgy; conjuration; deception; illusion; trick

Hypernyms ("illusion" is a kind of...):

performance (the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "illusion"):

card trick (a trick performed with playing cards)

prestidigitation; sleight of hand (manual dexterity in the execution of tricks)


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