allusion definition

  • noun:
    • The act of alluding; indirect research: Without naming brands, the prospect criticized the national leaders by allusion.
    • a case of indirect guide: an allusion to traditional mythology in a poem. See Usage Note at allude.
    • An indirect guide; a hint; a reference to something said to be known, however explicitly pointed out; a covert sign.
    • A figurative or symbolical research.
    • A reference to anything allowed to be known, although not explicitly pointed out; a covert sign; indirect research; a hint.
    • A play upon terms; a pun.
    • A symbolical research or comparison; a metaphor.
    • A passing or everyday reference; a slight or incidental reference to something, either directly or by implication; a hint or guide employed by way of illustration, suggestion, or insinuation: as, a classical allusion; an allusion to a person's misconduct.
    • moving reference or indirect mention

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