having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.
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- al·lu·sive·ly, adverb
- al·lu·sive·ness, noun
- un·al·lu·sive, adjective
- un·al·lu·sive·ly, adverb
- un·al·lu·sive·ness, noun
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How to use allusive in a sentence
The term is appropriately open-ended, since the participants devise pieces that are minimalist and mysteriously allusive.In the galleries: Photos capture a fleeting moment, leave an indelible impression | Mark Jenkins | September 10, 2021 | Washington Post
This is about as explicit as 1Q84 ever gets, and even here the sense of things is allusive.
The edge of her wit had become poignant, her speech rendered logical and allusive.Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
He was genial and jocose, sunburnt and romantically allusive.The Tragic Muse | Henry James
Immersed in a subject with which they were all familiar, they were allusive, elliptic, and persistently technical.The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers
Of course, they are not ready for the indirect and allusive manner, nor for the lyric egoism, of the pure literary essay.Literature in the Elementary School | Porter Lander MacClintock
Of course letters enable you to evade some of the difficulties of the novelist's task, to be discursive, allusive and incomplete.
British Dictionary definitions for allusive
containing or full of allusions
- allusively, adverb
- allusiveness, noun
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