delusively


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de·lu·sive

 (dĭ-lo͞o′sĭv)
adj.
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.
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Adv.1.delusively - in a deceptive and unrealistic manner; "the village looked delusively near"
References in classic literature ?
When a lady, in a delicate and costly summer garb, with a floating veil and gracefully swaying gown, and, altogether, an ethereal lightness that made you look at her beautifully slippered feet, to see whether she trod on the dust or floated in the air,--when such a vision happened to pass through this retired street, leaving it tenderly and delusively fragrant with her passage, as if a bouquet of tea-roses had been borne along, --then again, it is to be feared, old Hepzibah's scowl could no longer vindicate itself entirely on the plea of near-sightedness.
Reflecting this sense of the word, by 1902 Webster's included two new definitions: "a kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are" and "any artificial interest in, or association with, an object, through which it appears delusively magnified or glorified.
32) Frazier argued that they suffered from a sense of nothingness, and consequently behaved irresponsibly and delusively, while seeking meaning and recognition in a make-believe world.