meaning of allusion

allusion meaning in General Dictionary

A figurative or symbolical reference

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  • driving guide or indirect mention
  • A figurative or symbolical reference.
  • A reference to some thing supposed to be known, although not explicitly mentioned; a covert sign; indirect guide; a hint.

allusion meaning in Urban Dictionary

A reference to something said to be understood, but not clearly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.


allusion meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from Latin allusionem (nominative allusio) "a playing with, a reference to," noun of action from previous participle stem of alludere (see allude). An allusion is never an outright or specific mention of the person or thing the speaker seems to have at heart.


allusion - German to English

allusion [on historical occasions, literary texts or music works]


allusion - French to English

allusion


allusion meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A figurative or symbolical reference.

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  • (n.) A reference to something supposed to be understood, not explicitly pointed out; a covert indicator; indirect reference; a hint.

Sentence Examples with the word allusion

This is the only allusion I have read to the possibility that the sources of literature, varied and infinite as they seem now, may sometime be exhausted.

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