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illusionism

[ih-loo-zhuh-niz-uh m] /ɪˈlu ʒəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
a technique of using pictorial methods in order to deceive the eye.
Compare trompe l'oeil.
2.
Philosophy. a theory or doctrine that the material world is an illusion.
Origin of illusionism
1835-1845
1835-45; illusion + -ism
Related forms
illusionistic, adjective
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  • What we are blessedly free from is the red-plush Wellsian illusionism, and the click of Mr. Bennett's cash-register finish.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
British Dictionary definitions for illusionism

illusionism

/ɪˈluːʒəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the doctrine that the external world exists only in illusory sense perceptions
2.
the use of highly illusory effects in art or decoration, esp the use of perspective in painting to create an impression of three-dimensional reality
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