Definition of allusive in English:

allusive

Line breaks: al¦lu|sive
Pronunciation: /əˈluːsɪv
 
, -ˈljuː-/

adjective

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.

Derivatives

allusively

adverb
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  • 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.

allusiveness

noun
More 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.

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