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/əˈlo͞oZHən/,
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allusions, plural;
  1. An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
    • - an allusion to Shakespeare
    • - a classical allusion
  2. The practice of making such references, esp. as an artistic device


  1. passing reference or indirect mention
  2. (allude) make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
  3. An allusion is a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or representation of, a place, event, literary work, myth, or work of art, either directly or by implication. M.H. ...
  4. An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication
  5. (allude) To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion
  6. (Allude) means to refer to indirectly, not elude which means to escape from. [So, you don’t allude your boss by hiding behind the file cabinet.]
  7. (alluded) quite subtly to his friend's misfortune.
  8. (alluding) to refer casually or indirectly- As my partner was alluding to, the Knicks have been explosive.
  9. A reference in one literary work to a character or theme found in another literary work. T. S. Eliot, in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" alludes (refers) to the biblical figure John the Baptist in the line Though I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought in upon a platter, . . . ...
  10. A passing reference, either direct or implied, without explicit identification or explanation, to a literary passage, work, or character, or to an historical person, place, or event; used to succinctly establish mood or setting, and to concisely convey subtle meaning to the intended audience. ...
  11. Used to add greater depth to particular events and situations in the film. References are made to external phenomena such as persons, places, things, and occurrences. Indirect references are also used through screen images or scenes even to another film. ...
  12. A reference in literature or in visual or performing arts, to a familiar person, place, thing, or event. Allusions to Biblical figures and figures from classical mythology are common in Western literature.
  13. A brief reference in a literary work to a person, place, thing or passage in another literary work, usually for the purpose of associating the TONE or THEME of the one work with the other. The many allusions in T.S. ...
  14. a reference to an idea, place, person or text (or part of a text) existing outside the literary work. [Contributor: Dr. Ismail S. Talib, National University of Singapore.]
  15. Allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, or event from life or literature. In “Opera Night in Canada”, for example, Michael McKinley alludes to characters in the famous opera Madame Butterfly and the performance of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team when he says, “. . . ...
  16. In literature, reference of one text to another, whether direct, indirect or implied . Allusion differs from intertextuality in that the statement "A alludes to B" implies that B preceded and was known to the author of A. Identifying an intertextual connection implies no such temporal priority.
  17. A casual reference to any aspect of another piece of literature, art, music, person or life in general.  Authors suppose that the reader will identify the original source and relate the meaning to the new context. An example of allusion is TS. Eliot's The Waste Land. See intertextuality.
  18. a reference in a story to history, the Bible, literature, painting, music, and so on, that suggests the meaning or linkage of details in a story to another artistic or non-fiction work
  19. an indirect or oblique reference within a text to another text or work. Hence a subtle artistic quotation or homage. For example, the opening sentence of Cat's Cradle--"Call me Jonah"--alludes to both an Old Testament prophet and the opening line of Melville's Moby Dick.
  20. reference, often to literature, history, mythology, or the Bible, that is unacknowledged in the text but that the author expects the reader to recognize. ...
  21. A metaphor making a comparison to an historical event, figure, or myth that lies outside the immediate text and which relies on a shared body of knowledge between author and reader in order to be recognized as such. ...
  22. A reference, explicit or implicit, to a culture’s classical literature. The Honda Odyssey minivan references Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey.
  23. An allusion is a reference to a person, place, event, or thing that bears an association to the topic of a discourse. ...
  24. in literature an indirect reference to some historical or cultural person, event, statement, or fact. For sociological or historical critics, allusions provide important clues to the contexts that provide a literary text added meaning and significance. ...
  25. a reference to something like a person, a quote from a famous source (in English and American literature often the Bible), or a famous work of art.