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American English: /ɪˈluʒən/
British English: /ɪˈluːʒ(ə)n/

Translation of illusion in Spanish:


  • 1.1 countable or uncountable (false appearance) See examples: to give o create an illusion of something
    dar la impresión de algo
    crear la ilusión de algo
    the mirrors gave the illusion that the room was larger
    los espejos daban la impresión de que la habitación era más grande
    an optical illusion
    una ilusión óptica
    a master of disguise and illusion
    un maestro del disfraz y el ilusionismo
    Example sentences
    • Hallucinations and illusions are disturbances of perception that are common in people suffering from schizophrenia.
    • The intoxicated state is characterized by illusions, visual hallucinations and bodily distortions.
    • They also experienced visual illusions such as real objects appearing to move or pulsate.
    1.2 countable (false idea) I have no illusions o I'm under no illusions about that
    no me hago ilusiones al respecto
    she's under the illusion that they'll pay for it
    se cree que or se hace ilusiones de que ellos lo van a pagar
    I was under the illusion that he lived here
    tenía la impresión de que vivía aquí
    Example sentences
    • Man and house are thus a perfect match, as all the characters trapped in their own illusions and false expectations of Sancher end up more hurt than healed.
    • Our world will appear to crumble as we know it, as distractions, false voices, illusions and misconceptions will be taken away from us.
    • Believing that our beliefs are illusions, however, is self-refuting.

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