Origin of allusion
OTHER WORDS FROM allusionpre·al·lu·sion, noun
Words nearby allusion
How to use allusion in a sentence
His deep love of literature is evident in his artworks, which still include fragments of text, as well as photographs of favorite writers and layers of literary allusions.
There’s biblical allusion that I haven’t even begun to mine.
It’s a rich and vibrant story about love and sin and redemption, laced through with allusions to everything from Peter’s denial of Christ to the none pizza with left beef meme.
The preacher sprinkles his calls for affordable health care with Biblical allusions, reminding voters that Bartimaeus, a blind man healed by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, “suffered from a preexisting condition.”Raphael Warnock’s campaign for the moral high ground|Clyde McGrady|January 2, 2021|Washington Post
By engineering standards, the Pompidou is far less practical than many buildings that make no allusion to Meccano.Toys Are the Future of Philosophy - Issue 93: Forerunners|Jonathon Keats|December 9, 2020|Nautilus
The definition of “innuendo,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “an oblique allusion.”Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One interpretation suggests he is the embodiment of whisky, a lewd allusion to a tenured tradition of Scottish alcoholism.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From Cyrus on, however, it was all, to borrow another Biblical allusion, fire and brimstone.Netanyahu Swims Against Iranian Diplomatic Current|Ali Gharib|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And near the end of the play, Seguin offered an allusion to Fiddler on the Roof, yelling, “Sunrise, sunset!”Chaz Bono’s ‘Independence Day’: Strippers, Racism & More Crazy Moments|Anna Klassen|June 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I never miss a chance to make an allusion to their similarity.‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner on the Season Finale|Jace Lacob|June 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
With every allusion that Ramona made to the saints' statues, Alessandro's desire to procure one for her deepened.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
The words are very old, and conveyed a certain religious and political allusion.
The story of Longius is very common; hence Chaucer readily introduced an allusion to it, though his original has no hint of it.
There are some other survivals in man of ancient structures to which a passing allusion must suffice.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
There is an obvious allusion in this line to the common proverb—'As fain as fowl of a fair morrow,' which is quoted in the Kn.
British Dictionary definitions for allusion
Word Origin for allusion
Cultural definitions for allusion
An indirect reference to some piece of knowledge not actually mentioned. Allusions usually come from a body of information that the author presumes the reader will know. For example, an author who writes, “She was another Helen,” is alluding to the proverbial beauty of Helen of Troy.