• WordNet 3.6
    • adv delusively in a deceptive and unrealistic manner "the village looked delusively near"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delusively In a delusive manner; so as to delude.
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.”
  • Ludwig Borne
    Ludwig Borne
    “Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.”
  • 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.”
  • Don Marquis
    “Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.”
  • Yasutani Roshi
    Yasutani Roshi
    “The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”


In literature:

Is the hope of permanent world-peace a delusion?
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
That wide, slippery word "perhaps" led them into many delusive suppositions.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
But although Bathybias proved delusive, this did not materially affect the advance and development of the doctrine of protoplasm.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
The current opinion that science and poetry are opposed, is a delusion.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
Brain, thus assuming to testify, is only matter within the skull, and is believed to be mind only through error and delusion.
"Unity of Good" by Mary Baker Eddy
Our senses deceive us; we begin life with delusion.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
You may imagine that you do, but your imagination on this point is a delusion.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
What even, if such a being exists, is beyond the reach of his powers of delusion?
"Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews" by Thomas Henry Huxley
In this State, however, the delusion has not prevailed.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The delusion is over.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
I think I could convince you that you're following a dangerous delusion.
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
Seriously, though, these rustic seats are rather a delusion, aren't they, from the point of view of comfort?
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
On the other hand, don't fall into the widespread delusion that because air is cold it is necessarily pure.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
A drastic crisis like the present one was required to brand it as delusion.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
We men rather pride ourselves as being at the head of the household, but it is only a pleasant delusion.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
Already is the germ of that delusion springing up which shall endure for centuries.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
He shrinks from encountering life, with its delusive joys, its pitiless injustice and its arbitrary fate.
"The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'" by H. B. Cotterill
The delusion has never been satisfactorily explained, and time seems to obscure rather than throw light upon the subject.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
It would almost seem as if human delusions became more unreasoning and abject in proportion as their subject is of greater importance.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Men find a charm in having it mysteriously and secretly divulged to them that their long-cherished opinions are all a delusion.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper

In poetry:

And sometimes hope's delusive light
Will, for an instant, o'er me roll,
And with its sunshine-ray make bright
Even the darkness of my soul.
"Stanzas - 3" by Mary Anne Browne
And long shall timorous fancy see
The painted chief, and pointed spear,
And reason's self shall bow the knee
To shadows and delusions here.
"The Indian Burying Ground" by Philip Morin Freneau
"Ah, soft, delusive, purple night
Whose darkness knew no vexing moon!
Ah, cruel, needless, dawning light
That trembled in the sky too soon!"
"The First Lover" by Laurence Hope
Soul, thou art sick
With the fever of strife,
Of delusions of hope
That will poison a life,
Of a world that is foul
With the passions of life;
"Catharine Of Arragon" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Love may mark thee for delusion,
Friendship thy young heart deceive,
The world will mock thy soul's effusion,
Mock the fool that could believe.
"The Mother" by Charlotte Dacre
He gone, the living would not stay;
But took, like him, a different way.
The whole to one delusion turn'd,
And Al. in his dull wine-vault mourn'd.
"Receipt To Make A Priest" by William Hutton

In news:

New findings on marijuana's damaging effect on the brain show the drug triggers temporary psychotic symptoms in some people, including hallucinations and paranoid delusions, doctors say.
Like millions of other Americans, he suffered from bipolar disorder, a mental illness characterized by periods of depression and mania that can end with psychotic hallucinations and delusions.
(AP) — Carolyn Headrick has no delusions about the star of her downtown Fremont business.
Seeing Aldonza as the complete opposite of her present self is Quixote 's romantic delusion, yet Aldonza sees it as "a sort of miracle," according to Sarah Krauss, who plays the role.
Although she spent much of her time in the thrall of delusions, Margaret Mary Ray wrote her last missive to her mother in what seemed to be a moment of clarity.
'Boomerang' a story of self delusion.
In 1841 a Scottish journalist named Charles Mackay published a study of mass hysteria titled "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.".
Krewe Delusion 's Grand Marshal.
President Obama's Domestic Energy State Of Delusion .
I harbor no such delusions .
Distinguishing Between Illusions and Delusions .
The GOP's tax delusion .
Like the family in Barbara Kingsolver's "Poisonwood Bible," 12-year-old Sarina and her parents bring their delusions with them to Africa.
Magical Thinking, Delusions, or Synchronicity.
Self-delusion: The May 26 Bangor Daily News carried an op-ed headlined "Maine newspapers remains strong" that was jointly authored by public relations executive Michael Cuzzi and Lewiston Sun Journal director of new media Tony Ronzio.

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