A Word A Day : Hallucination

Monday, 3rd September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : ha-lu'se-na'shan

1. False or distorted sensory experience that appears to be real perception. This sensory impression is generated by the mind rather than by any external stimuli, and may be seen, heard, felt and even smelled or tasted.

2. The objects or events so perceived.

3. A false or mistaken idea.

4. A delusion.

5. An artificial sensory experience without the presence of an external cause.


1. Delusion

2. Ignis Fatuus

3. Illusion

4. Mirage

5. Phantasm

6. Phantasma

7. Will-O’-The-Wisp

8. Imaginary

9. Phantasmagoria

10. Phantasmagory

11. Dream

12. Delusion


1. Experience

2. Fact

3. Reality

4. Truth

Contextual Example:

• Someone who travels in the desert might have a hallucination of a swimming pool.

• Of course, I need not tell you that this was what you will call an hallucination and I call an apparition.

Related Words:

Hallucinative : Adjective

Hallucinational : Adjective

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