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[ih-loo-zhuh n]
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  1. the act of eluding; evasion.
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Origin of elusion

1540–50; < Late Latin ēlūsiōn- (stem of ēlūsiō) deception, evasion, equivalent to ēlūs(us), past participle of ēlūdere to elude (ē- e-1 + lūd- play + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confusedallusion delusion elusion hallucination illusion (see synonym study at illusion)
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Related Words for elusion

restraint, evasion, prevention, betrayal, flight, rescue, disappearance, freedom, departure, liberation, desertion, breakout, withdrawal, outbreak, falsehood, deception, misinterpretation, untruth, heresy, paradox

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Historical Examples of elusion

  • I said it was, and done in defiance and by elusion of the law.

    Journal in France in 1845 and 1848 with Letters from Italy in 1847

    T. W. (Thomas William) Allies

  • The game of challenge and elusion on her part, of perpetual and ever more ardent advance on his.

    The Black Pearl

    Mrs. Wilson Woodrow

Word Origin and History for elusion


1540s, noun of action from elude, or from Medieval Latin elusionem (nominative elusio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin eludere.

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