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Word: illusion

Definition: misleading vision or visual image; false idea or belief; CF. delusion


Sentences Containing 'illusion'

Then, that glorious vision of doing good, which is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds, arose before him, and he even saw himself in the illusion with some influence to guide this raging Revolution that was running so fearfully wild.
And it is devoutly to be hoped that science will perfect a method of color photography finally to dispel this illusion.
But it must be remembered that the means of creating this illusion were new to all and greatly wondered at.
It would seem that, after a certain point, the nearer your picture approaches the actual illusion of natural appearance, the further you are from the expression of life.
The finest sculptors have never attempted more than this, have never lost sight of the fact that it was stone they were working with, and never made any attempt to create an illusion of real hair.
So near can oil paint approach an actual illusion of natural appearances, that much misdirected effort has been wasted on this object, all enjoyment of the medium being subordinated to a meretricious attempt to deceive the eye.
The danger is that in producing a complete illusion of representation, the particular vitality of your medium, with all the expressive power it is capable of yielding, may be lost.
As with our colleges, so with a hundred``modern improvements''; there is an illusion about them; there is not always a positive advance.
Finally ten months and a half had gone by and no favorable change had taken place, and Dantes began to fancy the inspector's visit but a dream, an illusion of the brain.
This time the illusion, or rather the reality, surpassed anything Valentine had before experienced; she began to believe herself really alive and awake, and the belief that her reason was this time not deceived made her shudder.
I am fully persuaded that this double parallelism is by no means an accident or an illusion.
It seems to me, that the only objects of the abstract science or of demonstration are quantity and number, and that all attempts to extend this more perfect species of knowledge beyond these bounds are mere sophistry and illusion.
Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.

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