One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Difficult to find, catch, or achieve; elusive.
ambiguous, baffling, puzzling, misleading, evasive, equivocal, deceptiveView synonyms
- ‘In this context, truth was elusory, and scepticism, cynicism, relativism and atheism were present under a veil of orthodoxy.’
- ‘In his latest essay, he grapples with the fact that those costs have become painfully evident, and the larger concerns of security, justice and freedom increasingly elusory.’
- ‘This freedom, however, proves even more elusory for them than it did for Easy Rider's protagonists, when the supply of dope dries up unexpectedly.’
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin elusorius, from Latin elus- ‘eluded’ (from the verb eludere).
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