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Another word for illusion

  1. A fantastic, impracticable plan or desire

      1. An arc of spectral colors, usually identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, that appears in the sky opposite the sun as a result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight in drops of rain or mist.
      2. A similar arc or band, as one produced by a prism or by iridescence.
      3. A graded display of colors.
      1. A fantastic notion or vain hope.
      1. The creative imagination; unrestrained fancy.
      2. Something, such as an invention, that is a creation of the fancy.
      3. A capricious or fantastic idea; a conceit.
      1. A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
      2. A daydream; a reverie.
      3. A state of abstraction; a trance:
      1. An organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.
      2. A substance, such as an antibody, created from the proteins or genes of two different species.
      3. An individual who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue.
      1. an imaginary scheme not likely to be realized; daydream
      1. A thin, usually spherical or hemispherical film of liquid filled with air or gas:
      2. A globular body of air or gas formed within a liquid:
      3. A pocket formed in a solid by air or gas that is trapped, as during cooling or hardening.
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Another word for illusion

  1. Unreal appearance

  2. Misconception

Synonym Study

  • Mirage refers to an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, and, in figurative use, implies an unrealizable hope or aspiration
  • Hallucination implies the apparent perception, in nervous or mental disorder, of something external that is actually not present
  • Delusion implies belief in something that is contrary to fact or reality, resulting from deception, a misconception, or a mental disorder to have delusions of grandeur
  • Illusion suggests the false perception or interpretation of something that has objective existence perspective in drawing gives the illusion of depth