hal·​lu·​ci·​na·​to·​ry | \hə-ˈlü-sə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -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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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 Surely my mother’s questions are more practical, more connected to pragmatic concerns, than mine, which are based on hallucinatory impressions of time and space. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 And the hallucinatory spirit that has made a fool of many a mortal is making a monkey of me. Mark Seal, WSJ, "The Tequila Gold Rush," 19 June 2018 The second gallery pushes the all-is-one inside-outness to a hallucinatory crescendo. David Pagel, latimes.com, "For Katie Grinnan, a journey across land and inside the mind," 13 June 2018 The large-scale mural is a first for Hughes (inset), who renders her landscapes in vivid, hallucinatory colors. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "A new mural is coming to the Greenway," 13 May 2018

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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- \

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-​ \ adverb

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