hallucinatory

adjective

hal·​lu·​ci·​na·​to·​ry hə-ˈlü-sə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce hallucinatory (audio)
-ˈlüs-nə-
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 Patel also intersperses blink-and-you’ll-miss-them POV shots, further aligning us with the Kid’s experience and adding to the dizzying, hallucinatory effect of some of these fights. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 As the film goes on, his memory starts to come back, very slowly, in hallucinatory flashes. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 23 Mar. 2024 Many of the deceased were plagued by the same hallucinatory countdowns: a deadline by which to halt their research, or else. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 But the movie’s pockets of colorful hallucinatory surrealism are quite stunning in their construction, even if the mystery and character work are lackluster in retrospect. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 9 Mar. 2024 There’s also a hallucinatory sensibility at times, and at others a scientific slant. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 Air Canada’s rival WestJet went through one such hallucinatory incident in 2018. Marisa Garcia, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Love Lies Bleeding is a hallucinatory trip down the darkest byways of Americana. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2024 Lest any viewer get too lost in the bright-green weeds of the Höss family’s daily routines, Glazer punctuates the movie with hallucinatory sequences, with eerily expressionistic black-and-white, night-vision thermal images, featuring music like sepulchral belches from the Earth’s depths. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hallucinatory was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Hallucinatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallucinatory. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hallucinatory

adjective
hal·​lu·​ci·​na·​to·​ry hə-ˈlü-sə-nə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce hallucinatory (audio)
-ˌtȯr-
1
: tending to produce hallucinations
2
: resembling, involving, or being a hallucination

Medical Definition

hallucinatory

adjective
hal·​lu·​ci·​na·​to·​ry hə-ˈlüs-ᵊn-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˈlüs-nə-, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce hallucinatory (audio)
1
: tending to produce hallucinations
hallucinatory drugs
2
: resembling, involving, or being a hallucination
hallucinatory dreams
a hallucinatory figure
hallucinatorily adverb

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