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illusion

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of illusion

  1. 1 a conception or image created by the imagination and having no objective reality the magician specializes in creating illusions, so that people believe they have seen something when they really haven't Synonyms of illusion chimera, conceit, daydream, delusion, dream, fancy, figment, hallucination, fantasy, nonentity, phantasm (also fantasm), pipe dream, unreality, visionWords Related to illusion ignis fatuus, mirage, will-o'-the-wisp; brainchild, idea; concoction, fable, fabrication, fiction, invention; envisaging, imaging, visualization; cloud-cuckoo-land, cloudland, Shangri-la, utopia; daymare, nightmareNear Antonyms of illusion actuality, fact, reality

  2. 2 a false idea or belief the idea that we as a nation can ever enjoy perfect security is an illusion Synonyms of illusion delusion, error, falsehood, falsity, hallucination, fallacy, misbelief, misconception, myth, old wives' tale, untruthWords Related to illusion factoid; superstition; fiction, pretense (or pretence); distortion, inaccuracy, misapprehension, miscomprehension, misinterpretation, misjudgment, misperception, misunderstanding; misinformation, misknowledge, misreport, misrepresentation, misstatement; sophism, sophistry; fib, half-truth, lie, story, taleAntonyms of illusion truth, verity

Synonym Discussion of illusion

delusion, illusion, hallucination, mirage mean something that is believed to be true or real but that is actually false or unreal. delusion implies an inability to distinguish between what is real and what only seems to be real, often as the result of a disordered state of mind.
    • delusions of persecution
illusion implies a false ascribing of reality based on what one sees or imagines.
    • an illusion of safety
hallucination implies impressions that are the product of disordered senses, as because of mental illness or drugs.
    • suffered from terrifying hallucinations
mirage in its extended sense applies to an illusory vision, dream, hope, or aim.
    • claimed a balanced budget is a mirage


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