What does allusion mean?

Definitions for allusion
əˈlu ʒənal·lu·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. allusion(noun)

    passing reference or indirect mention

Wiktionary

  1. allusion(Noun)

    An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication.

    Etymology: From allusionem, accusative singular of allusio, from alludo, from al-, combining form of ad, + ludo: compare allusion.

Wikipedia

  1. Allusion

    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."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allusion(noun)

    a figurative or symbolical reference

    Etymology: [L. allusio, fr. alludere to allude: cf. F. allusion.]

  2. Allusion(noun)

    a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint

    Etymology: [L. allusio, fr. alludere to allude: cf. F. allusion.]

Freebase

  1. Allusion

    An allusion is a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or a representation of, people, places, events, literary work, myths, or works of art, either directly or by implication.

How to pronounce allusion?

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How to say allusion in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allusion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allusion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of allusion in a Sentence

  1. Cal Jillson:

    With politicians, we take what they say as raw speculation, but for someone like John Brennan, who has known the country’s deepest secrets for decades, the public takes it as an allusion made with the knowledge of the nation’s secrets, which he has a responsibility not to reveal.

  2. Clifton Paul Fadiman:

    I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.

Images & Illustrations of allusion

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