• WordNet 3.6
    • adj delusive inappropriate to reality or facts "delusive faith in a wonder drug","delusive expectations","false hopes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Delusive Apt or fitted to delude; tending to mislead the mind; deceptive; beguiling; delusory; as, delusive arts; a delusive dream. "Delusive and unsubstantial ideas."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delusive Apt to delude; causing delusion; deceptive; beguiling: as, delusive arts; delusive appearances.
    • delusive Of the nature of a delusion; unreal; imaginary.
    • delusive Synonyms See fallacious and deceptive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Delusive apt or tending to delude: deceptive
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.”
  • Derek Jarman
    Derek Jarman
    “The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.”
  • Yasutani Roshi
    Yasutani Roshi
    “The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Love is the delusion that one man or woman differs from another.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Delude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Delude.


In literature:

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind.
"Many Thoughts of Many Minds" by Various
It's only a popular delusion, sir.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
And we treated her real kindly, Ephraim, thinking 'twas the hold of delusion they had upon her.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
Delusion, delusion; now I am sensible of it.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
The delusions of the conjuror depend on a similar principle.
"Illusions" by James Sully
For a while he was under the influence of the delusion; but his strong and enlightened mind soon led him out of it.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Could Molly herself say firmly and without delusion that Edmund had treated her badly?
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Three delusions among women are widespread and painful.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
There were moments indeed when the whole story of her broken engagement seemed to her like the wild delusion of madness.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
Disease affects the mind of the patient and fills it with strange delusions.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
This delusion was soon dissipated.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
And the consequence is, many fancy religion is a delusion, a fanaticism, a dream.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
They honestly pronounced Christianity a delusion.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
And yet he persuades himself that even here he is the victim of some delusion.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
This is the delusion and enigma of history.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
Your father had more than one delusion near the end.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
The whole thing was a delusion.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
More than once he suspected some witchery, some delusion of the enemy to beguile him by enchantments.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
If the God I believe in is a delusion, then my God ceases to exist.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
She cherished the odd delusion that it lay in her power to bring misfortune to other people.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

Still are God's dumb creatures tortured,
Racial hatreds never cease,
And man's greatest self-delusion
Is the shibboleth of "Peace."
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
No need that wealth with golden store
And courtly pomp be theirs;
The glittering meshes which they weave
Oft prove delusive snares.
"How To Make Home Happy" by Lizzie E Palmer
The breezy air around us stirr'd
With snatches of familiar song,
Nor cared we then how fancy err'd
Since her delusion made us strong.
"Forty Years After" by John Marchborn Cooley
"Not delusive, not unsparing,
Richer fraught with good than pain,
Unto life sweet blessings bearing
Though she scatter them in rain."
"Sorrow" by Walter Richard Cassels
Strength's a shadow; Hope is madness;
Love, delusion; Friendship, sham;
Pleasure fades away to sadness,
None of these are worth a d---n.
"Thick-Headed Thoughts: Part 3" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Some infinitely inner fusion,
As Wave with Water; Flame with Fire,--
Let me dream once the dear delusion
That I am You, Oh, Heart's Desire!
"Adoration" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Self-delusion and the cult of militarism.
Statist Delusions The bill for cradle-to-grave welfare has come due.
Women of Los Angeles, you have not lived up to Joel Stein's teenage fantasies, and he wants his delusions back.
Tennessee Williams specialized in tales of alcoholism, self-delusion and crushing self-destruction.
Somehow the best coders come under some delusion that they are in control and free-spirited because they can work whatever hours they want.
I'm betting that you've got feasting on your mind--I actually had the delusion that pumpkin pie was waiting for me in the KBAY office microwave LOL, just my frozen lunch entree.
Preoccupied by the election, Americans may be under the delusion that most major social and economic changes proceed from the ballot box.
WASHINGTON — Preoccupied by the election, Americans may be under the delusion that most major social and economic changes proceed from the ballot box.
Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist.
Real delusion is view of government's role.
Re-elected leaders suffer from mandate delusion .
President can't succumb to mandate delusion .
Reality better than living with delusion .
Obama don't fall victim to the mandate delusion .
His parents said his delusions and paranoia grew gradually, making it hard for them at first to accept that he was mentally ill.

In science:

And there is a definite mismatch between the scientist’s drive to extend the reach of his or her methodology, and the widespread sense of an intrusion of algorithmic thinking into areas where it is not valid. A recent example is the controversy around Richard Dawkins’ book32 on The God Delusion.
Definability in the Real Universe
Contrary to this almost universal delusion the expression (2.12) is incorrect for description of harmonic emission by a single atom and the dipole momentum d(t) is not realvalued, both in the exact formulation (2.8) and within the approximation neglecting the continuum-continuum transitions (2.11).
Quantum theory of a high harmonic generation as a three-step process
Kant labored under the delusion of the CCP—the notion that the world’s synchronic multiplicity derives from surfaces that carve up space like three-dimensional cookie cutters,—as we all do, thanks to our neurophysiological make-up (see Sec. 9).
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm