mirage

Part of speech: noun

An optical illusion, as of a sheet of water in the desert.

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Usage examples "mirage":

  1. Above the darksome sea of death Looms the great life that is to be, A land of cloud and mystery, A dim mirage, with shapes of men Long dead and passed beyond our ken, Awe- struck we gaze, and hold our breath Till the fair pageant vanisheth, Leaving us in perplexity, And doubtful whether it has been A vision of the world unseen, Or a bright image of our own Against the sky in vapors thrown. - "The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  2. So real had the mirage become, that Honora did not answer. - "A Modern Chronicle, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  3. And she had a sort of mirage vision of herself, with eyelashes resting on her cheeks, lips a little parted, arms helpless at her sides. - "The Patrician", John Galsworthy.