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trompe l'oeil

noun, often attributive \(ˌ)trmp-ˈlə-ē, trōⁿp-ˈlœi\

: a style of painting in which things are painted in a way that makes them look like real objects

Full Definition of TROMPE L'OEIL

1
:  a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail; also :  the use of similar technique in interior decorating
2
:  a trompe l'oeil painting or effect
3
:  something that misleads or deceives the senses :  illusion

Origin of TROMPE L'OEIL

French trompe-l'œil, literally, deceives the eye
First Known Use: 1889

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