delusive

  • 1Delusive — De*lu sive, a. [See {Delude}.] Apt or fitted to delude; tending to mislead the mind; deceptive; beguiling; delusory; as, delusive arts; a delusive dream. [1913 Webster] Delusive and unsubstantial ideas. Whewell. {De*lu sive*ly}, adv. {De*lu… …

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  • 2delusive — I adjective artful, beguiling, bogus, chimerical, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, deluding, delusory, dreamy, elusive, fallacious, fallax, false, falsus, fancied, fanciful, fantastic, fantastical, feigned, fraudulent, guileful,… …

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  • 3delusive — c.1600; see DELUSION (Cf. delusion) + IVE (Cf. ive) …

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  • 4delusive — delusive, delusory deceptive, *misleading Analogous words: fantastic, chimerical, visionary, *imaginary, fanciful, quixotic: fallacious, sophistical, casuistical (see under FALLACY): illusory, seeming, ostensible, *apparent …

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  • 5delusive — [adj] deceptive apparent, beguiling, chimerical, deceiving, deluding, fallacious, false, fanciful, fantastic, illusive, illusory, imaginary, misleading, ostensible, quixotic, seeming, specious, spurious, visionary; concept 582 Ant. actual,… …

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  • 6delusive — [dilo͞o′sə rēdi lo͞os′iv] adj. [L delusus (see DELUSION) + IVE] 1. tending to delude; misleading 2. of or like a delusion; unreal: Also delusory [dilo͞o′sə rē] delusively adv. delusiveness n …

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  • 7delusive — adjective Date: 1605 1. likely to delude < delusive promises > 2. constituting a delusion < delusive beliefs > • delusively adverb • delusiveness noun …

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  • 8delusive — delusively, adv. delusiveness, n. /di looh siv/, adj. 1. tending to delude; misleading; deceptive: a delusive reply. 2. of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal: a delusive belief. Also, delusory /di looh seuh ree/. [1595 1605; DELUS(ION) +&#8230; …

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  • 9delusive — delusion ► NOUN ▪ a belief or impression that is not in accordance with a generally accepted reality. DERIVATIVES delusional adjective delusive adjective delusory adjective …

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  • 10delusive — adjective a) Producing delusions. b) Delusional …

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  • 11delusive — Synonyms and related words: Barmecidal, Barmecide, aberrant, abroad, adrift, airy, all abroad, all off, all wrong, amiss, apparent, apparitional, askew, astray, at fault, autistic, awry, beguiling, beside the mark, catchy, chimeric, chimerical,&#8230; …

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  • 12delusive — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Tending to deceive; of the nature of an illusion: delusory, illusive, illusory. See REAL. 2. Tending to lead one into error: deceptive, delusory, fallacious, illusive, illusory, misleading. See HONEST, REAL. 3 …

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  • 13delusive — de lu·sive || uːsɪv adj. delusional, misleading, deceptive; illusive …

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  • 14delusive — a. Fallacious, deceitful, deceptive, deceiving, illusive, illusory …

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  • 15delusive — adj 1. deceptive, misleading, fallacious, illusory, illusive, spurious, factitious; evasive, dodgy, elusive, slippery, shifty; specious, sham, bogus, counterfeit, mock, pseudo, artificial; false, unreal, make believe, feigned, pretended;&#8230; …

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  • 16delusive — de·lu·sive …

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  • 17delusive — de•lu•sive [[t]dɪˈlu sɪv[/t]] also de•lu•so•ry [[t]dɪˈlu sə ri[/t]] adj. 1) tending to delude; misleading; deceptive 2) of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal • Etymology: 1595–1605 de•lu′sive•ly, adv. de•lu′sive•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18delusive — /dəˈlusɪv/ (say duh loohsiv), / ˈljusɪv/ (say lyoohsiv) adjective 1. tending to delude; deceptive. 2. of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal. Also, delusory /dəˈlusəri/ (say duh loohsuhree). –delusively, adverb –delusiveness, noun …

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  • 19delusive — adj. 1 deceptive or unreal. 2 disappointing. Derivatives: delusively adv. delusiveness n …

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  • 20Delusively — Delusive De*lu sive, a. [See {Delude}.] Apt or fitted to delude; tending to mislead the mind; deceptive; beguiling; delusory; as, delusive arts; a delusive dream. [1913 Webster] Delusive and unsubstantial ideas. Whewell. {De*lu sive*ly}, adv.&#8230; …

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