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Definition of delusive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

delusive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//dɪˈluːsɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈluːsɪv//
 
(also delusory
BrE BrE//dɪˈluːsəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈluːsəri//
 
; BrE BrE//dɪˈluːzəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈluːzəri//
 
)
(formal)
 
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not real or true synonym deceptive Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin delus- ‘mocked’, from the verb deludere ‘to mock’, (from de- (with pejorative force) + ludere ‘to play’) + -ive.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: delusive