illusionary

adjective
il·​lu·​sion·​ary | \ i-ˈlü-zhə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce illusionary (audio) \

Definition of illusionary

Examples of illusionary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, true patriotism will never be compatible with radical nationalism or some illusionary cosmopolitanism. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 4 July 2022 Yet, illusionary satisfaction with compliance minimums may dangerously further fuel already widespread digital defense overconfidence. Noah Barsky, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Batman generally can then be watched as its own thing, to retain the illusionary realism that helps mainstream audiences best settle into Gotham City for each movie. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Yet the sheer scale of it; those red girders that run along the top and are visible for miles across the city; the famous columns that when people walk up and down gives that weird illusionary effect, never ceases to lose its awe factor. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The comparative underperformance highlights how much of Disney’s Hollywood dominance may be illusionary or entirely rooted in Marvel and Star Wars. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The off-road part of SUVs like the Cullinan is mostly illusionary. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 5 Oct. 2020 That obviously wouldn’t be an option for a House of M movie, but Age of Ultron gave Scarlet Witch her own psychic powers, seen in her ability to create illusionary worlds based on the Avengers’ memories. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, 18 Apr. 2018 But the Winter Olympics need not seem like an inaccessible, almost illusionary world set inside a snow globe. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of illusionary

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Illusionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illusionary. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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