mirage (plural mirages)
- An optical phenomenon in which light is refracted through a layer of hot air close to the ground, giving the appearance of there being refuge in the distance.
- (figuratively) An illusion.
an optical phenomenon
illusion — see illusion
- (transitive) To cause to appear as or like a mirage.
1915, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo:
- All that had been in his mind seemed suddenly miraged before him—the removal of Hunterleys, his own wife's failing health.
1901, A. E. W. Mason, Ensign Knightley and Other Stories:
- The vision of a salon was miraged before her, with herself in the middle deftly manipulating the destinies of a nation.