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Princeton's WordNet

  1. allude, touch, advertverb

    make a more or less disguised reference to

    "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"


  1. alludeverb

    To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ALLUDEverb

    To have some reference to a thing, without the direct mention of it; to hint at; to insinuate. It is used of persons; as, he alludes to an old story; or of things, as, the lampoon alludes to his mother’s faults.

    Etymology: alludo, Lat.

    These speeches of Jerom and Chrysostom do seem plainly to allude unto such ministerial garments as were then in use. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 29.

    True it is, that many things of this nature be alluded unto, yea, many things declared. Richard Hooker, b. iv. § 2.

    Then just proportions were taken, and every thing placed by weight and measure: and this I doubt not was that artificial structure here alluded to. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.


  1. allude

    Allusion is a figure of speech, in which an object or circumstance from unrelated context is referred to covertly or indirectly. It is left to the audience to make the direct connection. Where the connection is directly and explicitly stated (as opposed to indirectly implied) by the author, it is instead usually termed a reference. In the arts, a literary allusion puts the alluded text in a new context under which it assumes new meanings and denotations. It is not possible to predetermine the nature of all the new meanings and inter-textual patterns that an allusion will generate. Literary allusion is closely related to parody and pastiche, which are also "text-linking" literary devices.In a wider, more informal context, an allusion is a passing or casually short statement indicating broader meaning. It is an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication, such as "In the stock market, he met his Waterloo."


  1. allude

    To allude means to indirectly or subtly reference or hint at something, often without explicitly mentioning it. It involves suggesting or calling attention to something in an indirect manner. This term is commonly used in literature, conversations, speeches, and various forms of communication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alludeverb

    to refer to something indirectly or by suggestion; to have reference to a subject not specifically and plainly mentioned; -- followed by to; as, the story alludes to a recent transaction

  2. Alludeverb

    to compare allusively; to refer (something) as applicable

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Allude

    al-lūd′, v.i. to mention slightly, or convey an indirect reference to, in passing: to refer to.—n. Allū′sion, an indirect reference.—adj. Allus′ive, alluding to: hinting at: referring to indirectly.—adv. Allus′ively.—Allusive arms (her.), also canting or punning arms, and armes parlantes, those in which the charges convey reference to the bearer's name or title, as the column of the Colonna family, the Vele calf (O. Fr. veël, a calf), the Arundel martlets (O. Fr. arondel, a young swallow). [L. alludĕread, at, ludĕre, lusum, to play.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allude in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. tantamount
    • B. sesquipedalian
    • C. splay
    • D. lank

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