hal·​lu·​ci·​na·​to·​ry | \ hə-ˈlü-sə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce hallucinatory (audio) , -ˈlüs-nə- \

Definition of hallucinatory

1 : tending to produce hallucination hallucinatory drugs
2 : resembling, involving, or being a hallucination hallucinatory dreams a hallucinatory figure

Examples of hallucinatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not yet, but on July 17, HBO released an enigmatic teaser for the new show—and its hallucinatory visual style has shades of Euphoria. Amel Mukhtar, Vogue, 18 July 2022 The result is a dizzying, almost hallucinatory experience — akin to being thrown into a washing machine and mercilessly churned for 2 ½ hours. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 Visions of screaming Valkyries (model Ineta Sliuzaite) and a haggard He-Witch (Ingvar Sigurðsson) pack a hallucinatory punch amid the film’s otherworldly locales. Peter Debruge, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 Edwin, modelled on Mandel’s own colonist ancestor, has a hallucinatory experience in the woods—which links him to Olive, who is similarly transported more than two hundred years later. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2022 At times, The Green Knight takes on a hallucinatory quality. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2021 Most broadly, Neubauer said, dreams are a type of mentation, or mental activity, that occurs when people are asleep and generally consists of vivid, hallucinatory visual content that is often bizarre or has irregular narratives. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 The Mulleavys wrote Woodshock with her in mind, casting Dunst as a grieving Californian slipping down a hallucinatory rabbit hole after her mother’s death. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 The details of the investigation have a hallucinatory quality, blending Kafkaesque labyrinths and Orwellian jargon, that captures the normalization of the state’s terrifying, soul-crushing machine of oppression. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hallucinatory

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hal·​lu·​ci·​na·​to·​ry | \ hə-ˈlüs-ᵊn-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˈlüs-nə-, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce hallucinatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of hallucinatory

1 : tending to produce hallucinations hallucinatory drugs
2 : resembling, involving, or being a hallucination hallucinatory dreams a hallucinatory figure

Other Words from hallucinatory

hallucinatorily \ -​ˌtōr-​ə-​lē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce hallucinatory (audio) \ adverb

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