n. unreal reflection; optical illusion
In economics, a mirage is a naturally occurring phenomenon in which economic statistics are bent to produce an image of a desired outcome.
Sentence in Classic:
The soul of a young girl should not be left in the dark; later on, mirages that are too abrupt and too lively are formed there, as in a dark chamber.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
There, no more false appearances, no plastering over is possible, filth removes its shirt, absolute denudation puts to the rout all illusions and mirages, there is nothing more except what really exists, presenting the sinister form of that which is coming to an end.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context