illusion

il|lu|sion [ıˈlu:ʒən] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: Latin illusio, from illudere 'to make fun of', from ludere 'to play']
1.) an idea or opinion that is wrong, especially about yourself
→↑delusion illusion that
They suffer from the illusion that they cannot solve their problems.
She was under no illusion that he loved her.
It is an illusion that the Arctic is dark in winter.
She had no illusions about her physical attractions.
'I hate to shatter your illusions,' he said.
2.) something that seems to be different from the way it really is
illusion of
He was unlikely to be satisfied with the illusion of power.
give/create an illusion
The mirrors in the room gave an illusion of greater space.
Credit creates the illusion that you can own things without paying for them.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Illusion — Sf std. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. illusion und l. illūsio ( ōnis), dieses zu l. illūdere (illūsum) täuschen, betrügen, verspotten , zu l. lūdere (lūsum) Possen treiben, spielen, täuschen und l. in . Adjektiv: illusorisch;… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • illusion — [i lo͞o′zhən] n. [ME illusioun < OFr illusion < L illusio, a mocking (in LL(Ec), deceit, illusion) < illusus, pp. of illudere, to mock, play with < in , on + ludere, to play: see LUDICROUS] 1. a false idea or conception; belief or… …   English World dictionary

  • Illusion — Illusion, (v. lat.), 1) Betrug, Täuschung der Sinne; 2) täuschende Nachahmung, bei allen Kunstwerken, deren Absicht auf Nachahmung der Natur geht, ein unerläßliches Erforderniß. Daher Illusorisch, was die Illusion befördert; täuschend …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Illusion — »Wunschbild, Selbsttäuschung«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 17. Jh. aus gleichbed. frz. illusion entlehnt, das auf lat. illusio »Verspottung, Täuschung; eitle Vorstellung« zurückgeht. Dies gehört zu lat. il ludere (< inludere) »hinspielen, sein… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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