April 01, 2015
- mirage (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : an illusion that gives the appearance of a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted, that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a hot pavement, and that is caused by the bending or reflection of light passing through layers of air having different temperatures
- How do you use it?
- "The pool hurried away from him, moving as he moved, stopping when he stopped. There wasn't any water. It was a mirage caused by the shimmering waves of heat rising off the dry ground." (Louis Sachar, _Holes_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "mirage"?It's no illusion that A is the right answer. Besides its "water" sense, "mirage" may also apply to a dream, hope, or aim that cannot be realistically reached. ("The opposing candidate claimed a balanced budget is a mirage."). "Hallucination" implies an impression resulting from mental illness or the effects of a drug. ("An allergy to the medication produced hallucinations.") "Delusion," meanwhile, suggests a false belief. ("He had delusions of persecution."). And "illusion" implies a misleading image or mistaken idea based on what one sees. ("The lifeboats produced an illusion of safety.").