Allusion meaning

ə-lo͝ozhən
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The definition of an allusion is a statement that hints at something rather than being direct.

Saying to someone, "boy you look really tired, have you been getting enough sleep" instead of telling someone they look old because of wrinkles under their eyes is an example of an allusion.

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An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication.
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The act of alluding; indirect reference.

Without naming names, the candidate criticized the national leaders by allusion.

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The act of alluding.
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An instance of indirect reference.

An allusion to classical mythology in a poem.

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An indirect reference; casual mention.
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Origin of allusion

  • Late Latin allūsiō allūsiōn- a playing with from Latin allūsus past participle of allūdere to play with allude

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

  • From Latin allūsiōnem, accusative singular of allūsiō (“the act of playing with”), from allūdō (“play with; allude”), from al-, combining form of ad (“to”), + lūdō (“play”): compare French allusion.

    From Wiktionary