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allusive

[uh-loo-siv] /əˈlu sɪv/
adjective
1.
having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
2.
Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.
Origin of allusive
1595-1605
1595-1605; allus(ion) + -ive
Related forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
unallusive, adjective
unallusively, adverb
unallusiveness, noun
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  • This follows from the allusive way in which he and his wife are introduced—there must be a background to allusions.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Some, as Austria, instead of one Eagle, adopt two as their allusive emblazonry.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • They both signify the same thing; both are allusive to a purification of life.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry Albert G. Mackey
  • When Austin explained Viviette's meaning to his mother, who had not an allusive habit of mind, she acquiesced placidly.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • It was allusive and allegorical to a high degree, and now, but for the commentary, much of it would be quite unintelligible.

  • It was allusive only, but knowing the dialect, Pierston and Marcia gathered its import easily.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • It is divided into narrative, representative, and allusive or parabolical poetry.

  • The old sacred name Yahweh is never pronounced; even “God” is avoided for allusive titles like “heaven” or “place.”

  • Henry James, Senior, dealt with such things in the most allusive and paradoxical terms.

British Dictionary definitions for allusive

allusive

/əˈluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
containing or full of allusions
Derived Forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for allusive
adj.

c.1600, from Latin allus-, past participle stem of alludere (see allude) + -ive. Related: Allusively; allusiveness.

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