illusion vs allusion

illusion allusion


  • 1) countable A magician’s trick.
  • 2) countable Anything that seems to be something that it is not.
  • 3) this sense?) (uncountable) The fact of being an illusion (in any of the above senses).
  • 4) countable A misapprehension; a belief in something that is in fact not true.
  • 5) A fine transparent net fabric, used for dresses or trimmings.
  • 6) The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.
  • 7) An erroneous perception of reality.
  • 8) Something that is erroneously perceived or construed.
  • 9) An erroneous concept or belief.
  • 10) (Physiol.) A sensation originated by some external object, but so modified as in any way to lead to an erroneous perception; as when the rolling of a wagon is mistaken for thunder.
  • 11) An unreal image presented to the bodily or mental vision; a deceptive appearance; a false show; mockery; hallucination.
  • 12) A plain, delicate lace, usually of silk, used for veils, scarfs, dresses, etc.
  • 13) Hence: Anything agreeably fascinating and charming; enchantment; witchery; glamour.
  • 14) the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
  • 15) In the pictorial arts, an imitation of the appearance of nature which is intended to create the impression of reality.
  • 16) The act of deceiving or imposing upon any one; deception; delusion; mockery.
  • 17) A thin and very transparent kind of tulle.
  • 18) Specifically In psychology, a false perception due to the modification of a true perception by the imagination: distinguished from false appearances due to the imperfection of the bodily organs of sense, such as irradiation, and from hallucinations, into which no true perception enters. See hallucination, 2.
  • 19) That which illudes or deceives; an unreal vision presented to the bodily or mental eye; deceptive appearance; false show.


  • 1) An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication.
  • 2) An instance of indirect reference.
  • 3) The act of alluding; indirect reference.
  • 4) obsolete A figurative or symbolical reference.
  • 5) A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.
  • 6) passing reference or indirect mention
  • 7) A symbolical reference or comparison; a metaphor.
  • 8) A passing or casual reference; a slight or incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication; a hint or reference used by way of illustration, suggestion, or insinuation: as, a classical allusion; an allusion to a person's misconduct.


  • 1) Damin turned away, to give them at least the illusion of privacy.
  • 2) These last remnants of nature formed divisions between the housing developments, giving their owners an illusion of being country dwellers.
  • 3) Sometimes an illusion becomes an essential part of life; I've told you about Lily loving Patrick.
  • 4) Of course the symptoms are occurring: the term illusion refers to our interpretation of the meaning of the physical symptoms, not the existence of physical symptoms per se.
  • 5) It is not, however, clear that the term illusion is justified; for this supposes a distinction between truth and error-a distinction which has no meaning for the genuine pantheist; all our judgments being the utterance of the One that thinks in us, it is impossible to discriminate the true from the false.
  • 6) Murray, like nearly everyone else, could not solve the riddle posed by Nadal's blend of power, hustle and desire: a crucial word that he translates directly from the Spanish when he speaks English, using the term "illusion."
  • 7) In evincing the impossibility of delusion, he makes no sufficient allowance for an intermediate state, which I have before distinguished by the term illusion, and have attempted to illustrate its quality and character by reference to our mental state when dreaming.
  • 8) Photography flattens sculpture and stills its spatial violence, but Smith found that it also exposed new aspects of what he called the 'illusion of form.'
  • 9) I'm saying that you're moronic AWOL argument has been thoroughly blasted out of the water, and your persistance of this illusion is amazing.
  • 10) As in painting, so more particularly in sculpture, that imitation of nature which we call illusion, is in no respect its excellence, nor indeed its aim.
  • 11) ‘Hallucinations and illusions are disturbances of perception that are common in people suffering from schizophrenia.’
  • 12) ‘The intoxicated state is characterized by illusions, visual hallucinations and bodily distortions.’
  • 13) ‘They also experienced visual illusions such as real objects appearing to move or pulsate.’
  • 14) ‘Pilots are also trained to understand and avoid visual illusions, perceptions that differ from the way things really are.’
  • 15) ‘Depersonalization, heightened perception, especially to light and sound, and illusions are also commonly reported.’
  • 16) ‘When we peer out into the world is all that we see potentially a confabulation - a grand visual illusion staged by our brain?’
  • 17) ‘Vivid hallucinations and delirious illusions may also occur.’
  • 18) ‘They may have been linked to various illusions that can be experienced.’
  • 19) ‘The same is true for visual illusions, hypoxia and other factors affecting interpretation as the brain receives information from the eyes.’
  • 20) ‘In any case, puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis.’
  • 21) ‘For more illusions and to understand the science behind them I highly recommend visiting this amazing website.’
  • 22) ‘One might suppose that this preview allowed participants to notice and adjust for the effect of the illusion.’
  • 23) ‘This artist is known for creating the most amazing visual illusions.’
  • 24) ‘Her photos are viewed through an old stereoscope, which creates wonderful visual illusions.’
  • 25) ‘The pub was decked up with a lot of theme decor and bizarre visual illusions.’
  • 26) ‘The new technology uses a principle known as ‘wave field synthesis’ to create complex audio illusions for everyone within a defined space.’
  • 27) ‘Also, don't forget to take a look at the optical illusions books below.’
  • 28) ‘In addition, not all illusions are completely understood.’
  • 29) ‘In this sense, the illusions that are attributed to the senses always involve false judgement.’
  • 30) ‘I wowed him with an illusion involving a silk scarf and a cup with a false bottom.’
  • 31) ‘Unfortunately, Britain and Europe are all too eager to pretend that such illusions are reality.’
  • 32) ‘The progress of the film is a progress through illusion and deception toward reality and truth.’
  • 33) ‘However, you will live in a metaphysical world, where reality and illusions will be so skewed that they will appear to be identical.’
  • 34) ‘Young men being excited about war is nothing new - and having their illusions shattered by the reality of it is nothing new either.’
  • 35) ‘But even today, Romanians still live with the realities behind the illusion.’
  • 36) ‘As illusions fade and the reality of East Timor's predicament becomes apparent, social tensions and class antagonisms will rapidly deepen.’
  • 37) ‘All my illusions of a perfect family had been shattered.’
  • 38) ‘As an historian - certainly as a woman - she had not the slightest romantic illusions about the realities of human life during the long childhood of the species.’
  • 39) ‘Behind the veil of these illusions lay a harsher reality.’
  • 40) ‘The trick to create the illusion of longer legs is to draw the eye upwards.’
  • 41) ‘So what if the idea is to create the illusion of total surveillance, so that people behave?’
  • 42) ‘That, of course, adds to the illusion surrounding the arrangement, which is the idea.’
  • 43) ‘History was a realm of illusions, a dream or a nightmare from which the wise seek to awaken.’
  • 44) ‘Both audio and visuals support the illusion that Becker is trying to create.’
  • 45) ‘Its carbon arc lamp doesn't shoot light through filmstrips to create the illusion of movement.’
  • 46) ‘However, it also caused an illusion of repetition for items presented only once.’
  • 47) ‘Does that mean that neuroscience tells us that free will is an illusion?’
  • 48) ‘There is something about the screen that gives the illusion of trustworthiness.’
  • 49) ‘The apparent relativity of the moral impulse is an illusion which is created by the mind for the mind's own purposes.’
  • 50) ‘Or at least give the illusion of doing so, until a better idea comes along.’
  • 51) ‘Man and house are thus a perfect match, as all the characters trapped in their own illusions and false expectations of Sancher end up more hurt than healed.’
  • 52) ‘Our world will appear to crumble as we know it, as distractions, false voices, illusions and misconceptions will be taken away from us.’
  • 53) ‘Believing that our beliefs are illusions, however, is self-refuting.’
  • 54) ‘Great acting skills may not be one of his attributes, but then Fardeen is at least not under any false illusions.’
  • 55) ‘Iyer spoke of ideas and illusions of India, of the mundane in one locale becoming the exotic in another.’
  • 56) ‘But the biggest illusion is the idea that travelling on your own is all that wonderful.’
  • 57) ‘To successfully pass this test we must face it properly without false illusions.’
  • 58) ‘The library and police department also keep his number on file, but he doesn't harbor any illusions about his popularity.’
  • 59) ‘Its best to let go expectations and illusions about yourself.’
  • 60) ‘Liberalism now needs to be liberated from many of its own illusions and delusions.’
  • 61) ‘Participating in new formations alongside leading figures who still have reformist ideas, it is claimed, will spread illusions in people with damaging politics.’
  • 62) ‘And yet the abundance of God is a belief that both consoles our fears and deconstructs the illusions that hold us captive.’
  • 63) ‘Because if He wouldn't do that, we'd just remain stuck in our illusions, unclear on the idea that God can do it all.’
  • 64) ‘I watch icons smash and belief systems shatter and the illusions which have poisoned my mind begin to retreat.’
  • 65) ‘We were at least under the illusion that we could have an idea, have a style, that wouldn't immediately be sold back to us.’
  • 66) ‘He gives us a more troubled world, one with few illusions but still possessed of ideals, as Hitler's war machine draws its net around what is left of Europe.’
  • 67) ‘People do buy into the illusion that they can experience a little dusting of celeb glamour by lining the pockets of already rich stars.’
  • 68) ‘We've got to somehow - my own preference is to say we have to understand how we got to the illusion.’
  • 69) ‘Many people today, however, cling to the illusion that gaining material wealth will be the key to all their problems.’
  • 70) ‘‘I don't have any illusions about the importance of writing stories,’ he added.’


  • 1) There's only one allusion to it I can think of, in some obscure Renaissance manuscript on the practice of medicine.
  • 2) During the meal, deliberately avoiding any allusion to the Ackroyd affair, I had questioned him on his Western adventures.
  • 3) Was it yet another Poe allusion destined to fly over her head, or under her radar, or wherever it was that such things flew?
  • 4) The origin of the allusion is the myth of Philomel who, after her brother-in-law
  • 5) The new taxon is named Gamerabaena, and the authors note, under etymology, "'Gamera refers to the fictional, firebreathing turtle from the 1965 movie Gamera, in allusion to his fire-breathing capabilities and the Hell Creek Formation ..."
  • 6) Every thought that was devoted to it was an extreme anguish, and every word that I spoke in allusion to it caused my lips to quiver, and my heart to palpitate.
  • 7) With sense 2 cf. French morion punishment inflicted on soldiers (1605), so called in allusion to the hat suspended at the end of the shaft of the halberd which held the soldier while the punishment was inflicted.
  • 8) The audible allusion is to the passage that records the sudden eruption of joy at the top of stanza IX in the "Intimations" Ode, more specifically a few lines on, when the poet says that it is not for the
  • 9) The allusion is to that of a childlike state, in which faith is absolute and without contradiction.
  • 10) And there's what I'll call (in allusion to James Thomson's "Seasons") a "long ellipsis": three periods with spaces in between them to indicate when a sentence or more has been removed.
  • 11) ‘We are a people of messages and signals, of allusions and indirect expression.’
  • 12) ‘It is the allusions and references that lend charm to this art form.’
  • 13) ‘It's interesting to see how many references or allusions to these festivals remain in contemporary Britain.’
  • 14) ‘None of Arrino's vague references or allusions had prepared me for what she was saying.’
  • 15) ‘The infancy stories in Matthew contain quotations and more indirect allusions to the Moses birth story.’
  • 16) ‘This paper focuses on references and allusions to the Prophet in this treatise.’
  • 17) ‘JK Rowling is herself a one-time classics student, and her books are littered with classical allusions.’
  • 18) ‘While I can often see these allusions in classical music now, at the time I must confess to being completely nonplussed.’
  • 19) ‘He makes allusions to poetry, classical music and protest culture.’
  • 20) ‘Neither the handiwork nor the Classical allusions are readily apparent in her new paintings.’
  • 21) ‘The classical allusions everywhere at work in Versailles would require an educated audience to appreciate them.’
  • 22) ‘His portraits already included classical allusions which gained him many patrons among the grand tourist gentry.’
  • 23) ‘It was difficult to avoid getting caught up explicating all the biblical allusions in the alphabet.’
  • 24) ‘Stuffed with obscure allusions and historical minutia, his novels are not the type you take to the beach.’
  • 25) ‘Those who were too young to follow the mythical allusions simply enjoyed the whimsical visuals and infectious music.’
  • 26) ‘The recording was full of contemporary and historical allusions, as is the training manual.’
  • 27) ‘The allusions to a few recent works of sympathetic labor history in this piece are a genuine consolation.’
  • 28) ‘Now these antique allusions add a rarified, elegant seasoning to the work.’
  • 29) ‘This is a new collection which gives background information for over 20,000 phrases and allusions in English.’
  • 30) ‘In places, the allusions to the entire pantheon of comic-book superheroes is overwhelming.’
  • 31) ‘With its emphasis on personification and topical allusion, allegory has a long association with political discourse.’
  • 32) ‘I'm making the really clear case that I know the difference between evidence and what is allusion and assertion and the rest.’
  • 33) ‘Such Biblical allusion was in stark contrast to the welter of less printable comments being bellowed by the faithful.’
  • 34) ‘It's an impressive, haunting work full of menace and obvious political allusion.’
  • 35) ‘Ben-Porat provides an analysis of allusion as a literary technique.’
  • 36) ‘This is a rare instance of direct personal allusion by Sep, wherein he discusses the role of poetry as devotion.’
  • 37) ‘There are many excellent moments of historical allusion, acting and scriptwriting.’
  • 38) ‘Citation and allusion have a long and continuing history as literary practices, yet they are difficult to distinguish from theft.’
  • 39) ‘Even if, like me, you tend to put the most personal details of your thoughts through a fine mesh of allusion and obfuscation, you're still putting your life online.’
  • 40) ‘It is to these factors, as much as to studies and use by scholars and writers, that the widespread survival of biblical usage and allusion can be attributed.’
  • 41) ‘The sentimental in these poems is continually voiced by others, written through allusion, or deflated by a turn towards light verse.’
  • 42) ‘We need the connections formed by allusion; we understand the new in light of the old, and so our language links us to older traditions.’
  • 43) ‘It seems to me that your observations about the need to use imagery, metaphor and allusion correctly are well taken.’
  • 44) ‘Well, do you think an invasion of a country should be based on allusion and assertion?’
  • 45) ‘The stanza is written like the formulaic examples of wit and allusion in old-fashioned riddle books.’
  • 46) ‘But any meaning could be expressed, so that the language brought into play whole new principles of allusion and definition.’
  • 47) ‘To be damned by a professional wordsmith, sneered at by a master of metaphor and allusion, well, it was beyond endurance.’
  • 48) ‘There's nothing wrong with allusion, or indeed, literary theft.’
  • 49) ‘For the trained symbologist, watching an early Disney movie was like being barraged by an avalanche of allusion and metaphor.’
  • 50) ‘A cultural world in which allusion is defined as theft seems an awfully impoverished one.’

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