Wondering whether to use ‘illusion’ or ‘delusion’? And what is the difference between these words? We’ll answer that in detail in this article, plus teach you how to use both correctly in a sentence.
In short, the difference between these two words is:
As you can see, these words mean two different things and, therefore, should not be used interchangeably.
As you just learned, the difference between ‘illusion’ and ‘delusion’ is that the former means something that’s not as it seems, and the latter means a false belief about something.
We’ve covered ‘illusion’ and ‘delusion,’ but what about allusion?
An allusion is an indirect reference.
That means while all three words sound somewhat similar, they don’t mean the same things. They’re not homophones, just very similar-sounding words.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘illusion’ is a misleading image or something that deceives or misleads in an intellectual way. It might also be used to refer to hallucination or the act of deceiving someone.
A few synonyms of the word include:
The same dictionary defines ‘delusion’ as something that’s falsely believed. It might also mean the act of tricking or deceiving someone.
Synonyms of this word include:
Wondering how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that we know what the words mean and how to use them in a sentence let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence, starting with ‘illusion.’
Now let’s see some examples of how to use ‘delusion.’
Remember never to use these words interchangeably because they mean two different things.
To recap, we learned that ‘illusion’ refers to something that’s not as it seems, while ‘delusion’ refers to a false belief about something. You know that the words can’t be used interchangeably, so avoid that in your writing.
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