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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There is even a hallucinatory dancing-on-the-ceiling sequence, although not in a way that will remind anyone of Fred Astaire. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Euphoria' and 'Trinkets' join crowded class of TV teens in trouble," 14 June 2019 Dying people in the bygone world were said to have commonly seen their dead relations or others known to them—not in the hallucinatory trips of the near-death experience, but in the sickroom with them. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 10 Apr. 2019 Now, more of his hallucinatory and terrifying visions arrive on Amazon, with 10 stand-alone adaptations of his short stories. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: David Letterman’s New Show and a Tribute to Tony Bennett," 12 Jan. 2018 For anyone with an appetite for that interplay, a trip through the Greek islands offers a kind of hallucinatory fulfillment. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 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

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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 hallucinatorily (audio) \ adverb

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