Definition of allusive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈluːsɪv/


Using or containing suggestion rather than explicit mention: allusive references to the body a highly allusive poet
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  • Above all, they are gestures by which the poet and the reader may together, through a sequence of allusive suggestions and corresponding recognitions, infuse the written text with breath.
  • Approaching the texts in a suggestive and allusive manner, they draw on their own poetic experience to elucidate the texts.
  • It is a misfortune that the text of the history of Ammianus Marcellinus, which introduces this episode, is defective, and that only allusive back references survive.



Pronunciation: /əˈluːsɪvli/
Example sentences
  • Mann says it's a strange thing with the fulfilment of prophecies, they often confirm themselves allusively rather than literally.
  • The story remains the same - wildly improbable and allusively rendered - but the music has inflated and deepened in a manner befitting the giant robots, imploding planets, and freaky cast of thousands it contains.
  • While Grosvenor's dramatically cantilevered sculptures disturbed space in an almost physical manner, like a speeding boat's wake, his recent pieces activate space allusively and emotionally.


Pronunciation: /əˈluːsɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • If you can stand the obliqueness, the allusiveness and the tension-inducing pace, you are in for an experience that is disturbing, revelatory and poetic.
  • Another, less-remarked problem, is that the extraordinary allusiveness of his prose is the product of a kind of education which no longer exists.
  • There are kinds of subtlety and metaphorical allusiveness that are easier to achieve in comics than in novels.

Words that rhyme with allusive

abusive, collusive, conclusive, conducive, delusive, diffusive, effusive, elusive, exclusive, illusive, inclusive, intrusive, obtrusive, preclusive, reclusive, seclusive

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