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English noun: illusion

1. illusion (cognition) an erroneous mental representation


Synonymssemblance


Broader (hypernym)appearance


Narrower (hyponym)apparition, fantasm, irradiation, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, phantom limb, shadow

2. illusion (cognition) something many people believe that is false


SamplesThey have the illusion that I am very wealthy.


Synonymsfancy, fantasy, phantasy


Broader (hypernym)misconception


Narrower (hyponym)bubble, ignis fatuus, will-o'-the-wisp, wishful thinking

3. illusion (act) the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas


Synonymsdelusion, head game


Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation

4. illusion (act) an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers


Synonymsconjuration, conjuring trick, deception, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick


Broader (hypernym)performance


Narrower (hyponym)card trick, prestidigitation, sleight of hand









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