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Related to delusive: delusory, incrustation


1. Tending to delude.
2. Having the nature of a delusion; false: a delusive faith in a wonder drug.

de·lu′sive·ly adv.
de·lu′sive·ness n.


(dɪˈlu sɪv)

also de•lu•so•ry

(dɪˈlu sə ri)

1. tending to delude; misleading; deceptive.
2. of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal.
de•lu′sive•ly, adv.
de•lu′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.delusive - inappropriate to reality or facts; "delusive faith in a wonder drug"; "delusive expectations"; "false hopes"
unrealistic - not realistic; "unrealistic expectations"; "prices at unrealistic high levels"


1. Tending to deceive; of the nature of an illusion:
2. Tending to lead one into error:
3. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality:


[dɪˈluːsɪv] delusory [dɪˈluːsərɪ] ADJengañoso, ilusorio


, delusory
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The fresh winds blew away desponding doubts, delusive fancies, and moody mists.
He was, in truth, a rare phenomenon; so perfect, in one point of view; so shallow, so delusive, so impalpable such an absolute nonentity, in every other.
Whether is it better, I ask, to be a slave in a fool's paradise at Marseilles--fevered with delusive bliss one hour- -suffocating with the bitterest tears of remorse and shame the next- -or to be a village-schoolmistress, free and honest, in a breezy mountain nook in the healthy heart of England?
The poor thing was finally got off, with several delusive assurances that his absence should be short: that Mr.
You would think my wife the picture of health if you looked at her, and yet, so delusive are appearances, I am obliged to forbid her all excitement.
The pigeon-pie was not bad, but it was a delusive pie: the crust being like a disappointing head, phrenologically speaking: full of lumps and bumps, with nothing particular underneath.
After this feeble delusive thaw, the silence set in as severely as before.
All that was most sugared and musical and generally delusive in the old library of her fathers had been brought out to this little woodland library, and to that nucleus of old leather-bound poets and romancers, long since dead, yet as alive and singing on their shelves as any bird on the sunny boughs outside, my young lady's private purse had added all that was most sugared and musical and generally delusive in the vellum bound Japanese-paper literature of our own luxurious day.
Hope elevates, and joy Bright'ns his Crest, as when a wandring Fire Compact of unctuous vapor, which the Night Condenses, and the cold invirons round, Kindl'd through agitation to a Flame, Which oft, they say, some evil Spirit attends, Hovering and blazing with delusive Light, Misleads th' amaz'd Night-wanderer from his way To Boggs and Mires, & oft through Pond or Poole, There swallow'd up and lost, from succour farr.
Delusive hopes that lure the common herd With promises of ease, the heart's desire, In shadows, dreams, and smoke ye always end.
What remedy can there be for this situation, but in a change of the system which has produced it in a change of the fallacious and delusive system of quotas and requisitions?
However useful jealousy may be in republics, yet when like bile in the natural, it abounds too much in the body politic, the eyes of both become very liable to be deceived by the delusive appearances which that malady casts on surrounding objects.