allusion Definitions

Allusion \Al*lu"sion\, n. [L. allusio, fr. alludere to allude: cf. F. allusion.]

1. A figurative or symbolical reference. [Obs.]

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

allusion thesaurus

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Examples include allusion

  • "We’ve essentially built a second Uber in under three years," he said, adding in an allusion to mass layoffs undertaken earlier this year that the company had had to take "tough action" to secure its future.  telegraph.co.uk

  • Coop (the allusion to Gary Cooper is vigorously intended) is a former Nasa pilot who’s pitching in with the dig for victory effort, although for him the plan to sit out the famine lacks ambition – and therefore humanity.  telegraph.co.uk

  • His allusion to the Coronavirus pandemic is strangely apt. Nessun Dorma received yet another lease of life recently when an Italian tenor called Maurizio Marchini sang it from his balcony in Florence during lockdown. The clip became an internet sensation. telegraph.co.uk

  • Such symbology will have chimed with Christians persecuted by the Roman Empire, who identified themselves with secret signs (such as the looping “fish” symbol). Was the Sator square an allusion to their forbidden beliefs?   telegraph.co.uk

  • The setting, so close to the eerie silhouette of damaged Notre Dame, might have been a deliberate allusion to hope; but whatever the reason, Abloh’s homage to all things childlike was in fact his most grown-up and sophisticated and elegant collection yet. telegraph.co.uk

  • The title is inspired by Constable and clouds in the sky but the gallery said it might also be seen as an allusion to the numerous angels, harbingers of news, that are in so many National Gallery paintings. theguardian.com

  • The title of the series is usually considered an allusion to Dante's Divine Comedy; while Ferdinand Brunetière, the famous French literary critic, suggests that it may stem from poems by Alfred de Musset or Alfred de Vigny. telegraph.co.uk

  • Zhou, the Wuhan mayor, even made an apparent allusion to systemic problems, with a subtle but pointed dig at the central government. His hands were tied, he said, by laws that barred him from declaring an epidemic without permission. theguardian.com