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elusory Line breaks: elu|sory
Pronunciation: /ɪˈluːs(ə)ri/

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Definition of elusory in English:

adjective

rare
Difficult to find, catch, or achieve; elusive.
Example sentences
  • In this context, truth was elusory, and scepticism, cynicism, relativism and atheism were present under a veil of orthodoxy.
  • I felt I had truly come to know this contradictory and elusory person and came to have even greater respect for the sweep and magnificence of his achievements
  • He must be one of the most elusory characters in Hollywood.

Origin

Early 17th century: from medieval Latin elusorius, from Latin elus- 'eluded' (from the verb eludere).

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