de·​lu·​sive | \ di-ˈlü-siv How to pronounce delusive (audio) , -ˈlü-ziv, dē- \

Definition of delusive

1 : likely to delude delusive promises
2 : constituting a delusion delusive beliefs

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Other Words from delusive

delusively adverb
delusiveness noun

Examples of delusive in a Sentence

delusive promises of high-paying jobs for the illegal immigrants
Recent Examples on the Web Much of formal education over the past 50 years or so, especially in the humanities, has become a delusive exercise in mass evasion of this discomfiting truth. Tracy Lee Simmons, National Review, 15 Oct. 2020 Many less attractive traits are also recorded: Charles could be uncommunicative and dilatory, evasive and mendacious, refractory, vindictive, obstinate, even outright wicked, though self-delusive about the motives of others. R.j.w. Evans, The New York Review of Books, 27 May 2020 His Willy, a salesman aggressively trapped in a delusive way of thinking, would rather die a martyr than admit to being sold a bill of goods about success. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2020 Its apostles see the catastrophic impact of climate change as a historic opportunity to revert to the comforting, delusive tribal vision of racial purity in a world given over to chaos and all but permanent geopolitical turmoil. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of delusive

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Delusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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