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



BrE BrE//dɪˈluːsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈluːsɪv//
(also delusory
BrE BrE//dɪˈluːsəri//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈluːsəri//
; BrE BrE//dɪˈluːzəri//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈluːzəri//
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not real or true synonym deceptive Word Originearly 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