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 His recurring presence adds to the hallucinatory effect of the cinematography. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2021 Lavant does his makeup and changes his costumes in a limousine, en route through a hallucinatory version of Paris. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2021 Not long ago, Paul Grimstad wrote about Jimi Hendrix’s transformation of the national anthem, at the Woodstock music festival, into a hallucinatory antiwar song via Stratocaster, Wah-Wah pedal, and Marshall amps stacked to the sky. The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2021 After the 2020 election, there were calls in the usual places—NPR, The New York Times, the non-hallucinatory media—for a national conversation on race. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, 24 Dec. 2020 But now the experience of being online is a stan-culture experience for nearly everyone—a big, somewhat generic, and somewhat hallucinatory one. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2020 Just imagine if Walt Disney had, at a tender age, gotten lost in a magic forest, dropped acid, and made hallucinatory love to a white mare. Jason Kehe, Wired, 21 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 20 May 2020

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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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