hallucinatory

adjective
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

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For all of its gestures toward realism, the film is also sometimes abstract, hallucinatory and surreal. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "'Kings' confounds with a take on the L.A. riots starring Halle Berry that’s largely naive," 26 Apr. 2018 Entering it, we are set adrift in a hallucinatory aftermath, feeling mildly delirious and increasingly anxious. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘The Wall’ Review: We Shall Defend Our Island," 1 Mar. 2019 There are whispers of witchcraft in the company, where dancers die in gruesome and hallucinatory ways. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "Why Director Luca Guadagnino Chose the Path of Horror," 27 Oct. 2018 The episode is funny, scary, gruesome in the right parts, and hallucinatory like the best horror movies. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'," 12 June 2015 Once reserved for a distinct artistic and literary style featuring the fantastic and the hallucinatory, it is now used to mean just about anything the slightest bit out of the ordinary. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Sometimes the Language Game Needs a Penalty Box," 6 June 2018 One answer is a growing need for transcendence—escaping the constraints of modern life by rising to the sort of challenge that Renan Ozturk’s camera depicts in sequences of almost hallucinatory beauty. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mountain’ Review: Such Great Heights," 24 May 2018 Its owners, Jessi Singh and his wife, Jennifer, project gloriously hallucinatory Bollywood numbers on the wall. Pete Wells, New York Times, "For Casual Indian Restaurants, It’s Party Time," 13 Mar. 2018 Its seven scenes form a hallucinatory series of episodes from Benjamin’s life. New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of hallucinatory

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hallucinatory

adjective
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 hallucinatorily (audio) \ adverb

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