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1An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.‘an allusion to Shakespeare’‘a classical allusion’
reference to, mention of, comment on, remark about, citation of, quotation of, hint at, intimation of, suggestion ofimplication, insinuationView synonyms
- ‘The allusions to a few recent works of sympathetic labor history in this piece are a genuine consolation.’
- ‘While I can often see these allusions in classical music now, at the time I must confess to being completely nonplussed.’
- ‘He makes allusions to poetry, classical music and protest culture.’
- ‘The classical allusions everywhere at work in Versailles would require an educated audience to appreciate them.’
- ‘In places, the allusions to the entire pantheon of comic-book superheroes is overwhelming.’
- ‘The recording was full of contemporary and historical allusions, as is the training manual.’
- ‘This paper focuses on references and allusions to the Prophet in this treatise.’
- ‘It is the allusions and references that lend charm to this art form.’
- ‘Now these antique allusions add a rarified, elegant seasoning to the work.’
- ‘It's interesting to see how many references or allusions to these festivals remain in contemporary Britain.’
- ‘The infancy stories in Matthew contain quotations and more indirect allusions to the Moses birth story.’
- ‘Those who were too young to follow the mythical allusions simply enjoyed the whimsical visuals and infectious music.’
- ‘His portraits already included classical allusions which gained him many patrons among the grand tourist gentry.’
- ‘None of Arrino's vague references or allusions had prepared me for what she was saying.’
- ‘JK Rowling is herself a one-time classics student, and her books are littered with classical allusions.’
- ‘This is a new collection which gives background information for over 20,000 phrases and allusions in English.’
- ‘It was difficult to avoid getting caught up explicating all the biblical allusions in the alphabet.’
- ‘Stuffed with obscure allusions and historical minutia, his novels are not the type you take to the beach.’
- ‘We are a people of messages and signals, of allusions and indirect expression.’
- ‘Neither the handiwork nor the Classical allusions are readily apparent in her new paintings.’
- 1.1The practice of making allusions, especially as an artistic device.
- ‘A cultural world in which allusion is defined as theft seems an awfully impoverished one.’
- ‘Such Biblical allusion was in stark contrast to the welter of less printable comments being bellowed by the faithful.’
- ‘Citation and allusion have a long and continuing history as literary practices, yet they are difficult to distinguish from theft.’
- ‘The sentimental in these poems is continually voiced by others, written through allusion, or deflated by a turn towards light verse.’
- ‘Even if, like me, you tend to put the most personal details of your thoughts through a fine mesh of allusion and obfuscation, you're still putting your life online.’
- ‘Well, do you think an invasion of a country should be based on allusion and assertion?’
- ‘There are many excellent moments of historical allusion, acting and scriptwriting.’
- ‘This is a rare instance of direct personal allusion by Sep, wherein he discusses the role of poetry as devotion.’
- ‘There's nothing wrong with allusion, or indeed, literary theft.’
- ‘It is to these factors, as much as to studies and use by scholars and writers, that the widespread survival of biblical usage and allusion can be attributed.’
- ‘For the trained symbologist, watching an early Disney movie was like being barraged by an avalanche of allusion and metaphor.’
- ‘With its emphasis on personification and topical allusion, allegory has a long association with political discourse.’
- ‘To be damned by a professional wordsmith, sneered at by a master of metaphor and allusion, well, it was beyond endurance.’
- ‘Ben-Porat provides an analysis of allusion as a literary technique.’
- ‘But any meaning could be expressed, so that the language brought into play whole new principles of allusion and definition.’
- ‘I'm making the really clear case that I know the difference between evidence and what is allusion and assertion and the rest.’
- ‘It's an impressive, haunting work full of menace and obvious political allusion.’
- ‘We need the connections formed by allusion; we understand the new in light of the old, and so our language links us to older traditions.’
- ‘The stanza is written like the formulaic examples of wit and allusion in old-fashioned riddle books.’
- ‘It seems to me that your observations about the need to use imagery, metaphor and allusion correctly are well taken.’
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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