- allusion ► NOUN ▪ an indirect reference to something.DERIVATIVES allusive adjective allusively adverb allusiveness noun.
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Allusive — Al*lu sive, a. 1. Figurative; symbolical. [1913 Webster] 2. Having reference to something not fully expressed; containing an allusion. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
allusive — I adjective allusory, ambiguous, clandestine, connotative, covert, eclipsed, evasive, imperspicuous, implicational, implicative, indicative, indirect, inferential, inferred, notional, obscure, screened, suggestive, tacit, vague, veiled associated … Law dictionary
allusive — (adj.) c.1600, from L. allus , pp. stem of alludere (see ALLUDE (Cf. allude)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Allusively; allusiveness … Etymology dictionary
allusive — [ə lo͞os′iv, alo͞os′iv] adj. 1. containing an allusion 2. using allusion; full of allusions allusively adv. allusiveness n … English World dictionary
allusive — ● allusif, allusive adjectif Qui contient une allusion, qui procède par allusion : Phrase allusive. Il est resté très allusif … Encyclopédie Universelle
allusive — [[t]əlu͟ːsɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Allusive speech, writing, or art is full of indirect references to people or things. His new play, Arcadia, is as intricate, elaborate and allusive as anything he has yet written … English dictionary
allusive — adjective /əˈluː.sɪv,əˈljuː.sɪv,əˈluː.sɪv/ Containing or making use of indirect references or hints. His speech was allusive. See Also: allude, allusion … Wiktionary
allusive — adjective see allusion … New Collegiate Dictionary
allusive — allusively, adv. allusiveness, n. /euh looh siv/, adj. 1. having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions. 2. Obs. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative. [1595 1605; ALLUS(ION) + IVE] * * * … Universalium
allusive — Synonyms and related words: allusory, figurative, figured, flowery, implicational, implicative, implicatory, indicative, inferential, insinuating, insinuative, insinuatory, ironic, mannered, metaphorical, ornamented, referential, suggestive,… … Moby Thesaurus