Part of speech: noun

Any misleading appearance; a false show.

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Usage examples "illusion":

  1. It is the distance which causes the illusion. - "The Story of the Heavens", Robert Stawell Ball.
  2. When I had said this, he was grave and silent for a little while; and then he answered: " It is impossible, I think, after many years to recover any such illusion. - "Hills and the Sea", H. Belloc.
  3. True art, he insisted, must have a higher aim than to produce an illusion of the actual. - "The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller", Calvin Thomas.