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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Examples of hallucinatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And many of them — De Forest in particular — pursued a kind of hallucinatory visual overload in advance of the counterculture. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Roy De Forest’s Greatness Shines Even in a Virtual Display," 9 Apr. 2020 The three most important words in Stone’s work (and in his three best novels, just reissued by Library of America) are war, Vietnam, and hallucinatory. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, "Robert Stone’s Bad Trips," 20 May 2020 The speed and scale of this economic catastrophe is almost hallucinatory. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "What the staggering spike in unemployment means for the American economy," 2 Apr. 2020 At the Broad Stage, where this hallucinatory visual poem runs through Sunday, a home is assembled before our eyes. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Now you live here, now you don’t. How ‘Home’ works its magic at the Broad Stage," 6 Mar. 2020 Young Juliana Clare is 17, exceptionally pretty and, like Jan, susceptible to moments of hallucinatory second sight. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "First published in 1924, ‘Still She Wished for Company’ makes for a delicious, if bittersweet Valentine’s Day treat," 12 Feb. 2020 There's Grace's hallucinatory dreams and sleepwalking. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "Can You Handle The Lodge?," 7 Feb. 2020 Creator Simon Rich turned this FXX search for love into a hallucinatory and yet narratively tight adventure. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 27 Dec. 2019 The Todd sequences are hallucinatory, and Paul finds new notes of terror-comedy in his reactions. Darren Franich, EW.com, "El Camino is the Breaking Bad finale for everyone who thought Jesse got a raw deal," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hallucinatory

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hallucinatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallucinatory. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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 hallucinatorily (audio) \ adverb

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