Definition of allusion in English:


Syllabification: al·lu·sion
Pronunciation: /əˈlo͞oZHən


  • 1An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference: an allusion to Shakespeare a classical allusion
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    • 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.
    reference to, mention of, suggestion of, hint to, intimation of, comment on, remark on
  • 1.1The practice of making allusions, especially as an artistic device.
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    • 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).

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