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[huh-loo-suh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /həˈlu sə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
pertaining to or characterized by hallucination:
hallucinatory visions.
Origin of hallucinatory
1820-30; hallucinate + -ory1
Related forms
nonhallucinatory, adjective
unhallucinatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hallucinatory
  • The hallucinatory condition was temporary and ended when stimulations were stopped.
  • The first wish must have been an hallucinatory occupation of the memory for gratification.
  • The novel's hallucinatory world is evoked through film projections, puppets and music.
  • To many, this turnaround verges on the hallucinatory.
  • At its best, this structure creates a kind of hallucinatory rhythm, a metronymic throb of dread.
  • Some younger poets were mentioned, neo-surrealists with a weakness for hallucinatory images and weird, improbable metaphors.
  • Its narrative juxtaposes quasi-hallucinatory dreams and visions with pedantic commentary on the poems they generated.
  • The hallmark of her work is a calm, hallucinatory intensity built on sentences of unemotional plainness and clarity.
  • They are the forerunners of many hallucinatory characters who intrude at intervals.
  • The style might be described as hallucinatory clinical realism.
Word Origin and History for hallucinatory

1830, from hallucinat-, past participle stem of Latin hallucinari (see hallucinate) + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hallucinatory in Medicine

hallucinatory hal·lu·ci·na·to·ry (hə-lōō'sə-nə-tôr'ē)

  1. Of or characterized by hallucination.

  2. Inducing or causing hallucination.

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