- 1An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference: an allusion to Shakespeare a classical allusionMore example sentences
reference to, mention of, suggestion of, hint to, intimation of, comment on, remark on
- We are a people of messages and signals, of allusions and indirect expression.
- It is the allusions and references that lend charm to this art form.
- It's interesting to see how many references or allusions to these festivals remain in contemporary Britain.
- 1.1The practice of making allusions, especially as an artistic device.More example sentences
- With its emphasis on personification and topical allusion, allegory has a long association with political discourse.
- I'm making the really clear case that I know the difference between evidence and what is allusion and assertion and the rest.
- Such Biblical allusion was in stark contrast to the welter of less printable comments being bellowed by the faithful.
mid 16th century (denoting a pun, metaphor, or parable): from French, or from late Latin allusio(n-), from the verb alludere (see allude).