- Making indirect reference or suggestion, especially to another person, event, or literary or artistic work.
- Indicating or implying without stating directly, making reference to something without naming it specifically.
Derived from the latin word 'alludere', meaning 'to play with' or 'to refer to indirectly'.
- The author's writing was full of allusive references to classical literature and mythology.
- His allusive remark about the weather was a subtle way of suggesting that we leave the city for a holiday.
- The painting's allusive style left much to the interpretation of the viewer, encouraging them to make connections to their own experiences.
- The allusive language used in the poem was difficult for some readers to comprehend.
- The allusive nature of her speech made it hard for anyone to understand what she was trying to say.