Allude Definition

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To make an indirect reference.
The candidate alluded to the recent war by saying, “We've all made sacrifices.”
American Heritage
To refer in a casual or indirect way (to)
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.


Origin of Allude

  • Latin allūdere to play with ad- ad- lūdere to play (from lūdus game leid- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French alluder, from Latin alludere (“to play with or allude”), from ad + ludere (“to play”).

    From Wiktionary

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