- containing an allusion
- using allusion; full of allusions
The definition of allusive is a person or piece of work that makes reference to something else.
An example of something allusive would be a book that frequently refers to Emily Dickinson's writing.
Containing or characterized by indirect references: an allusive speech.
(comparative more allusive, superlative most allusive)
- The links between the art-work and the biblical themes it seeks to explore, illustrate, and interpret, are often highly allusive.
- The Art of Hunger undermines and illuminates our accepted notions about literature and throws an unprecendented light on Auster's own richly allusive writings.
- Cereta, with her passionately literary mind, wrote with a densely allusive style marked by her knowledge of the classics.
- The poem is as much allegorical as it is allusive to the point that any Elizabethan of high station could see themselves in any number of the characters presented in The Faerie Queene.
- It wearies by the constant strain after effect, its mock-heroics and allusive periphrasis, and excites distrust by its want of moderation.