allusion

Definitions

  • "I allus hated crabs!"
    "I allus hated crabs!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n allusion passing reference or indirect mention
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Allusion A figurative or symbolical reference.
    • Allusion A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n allusion A play upon words; a pun.
    • n allusion A symbolical reference or comparison; a metaphor.
    • n allusion A passing or casual reference; a slight or incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication; a hint or reference used by way of illustration, suggestion, or insinuation: as, a classical allusion; an allusion to a person's misconduct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Allusion an indirect reference
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Quotations

  • Clifton Fadiman
    Clifton Fadiman
    “I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. allusio, fr. alludere, to allude: cf. F. allusion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. alludĕread, at, ludĕre, lusum, to play.

Usage

In literature:

There was specially an air of business about her allusion to her own future state.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
King Henry was given to allusions of this class, to the revered memory of his excellent father.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
I allus did notice dat ef Cunnel Blount 'gins to sing 'ligious hymns, somethin's wrong, and somethin' gwine ter drap.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
Allusion has already been made to the division of Canada into two provinces.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The efforts at colonization attempted by the company in the west of England, to which allusion has been made, signally failed.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Not the faintest allusion to the events of the morning dropped from the lips of either.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
None of your covert allusions.
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn
Examples of such allusions abound throughout literature.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Somehow she allus goes as soon as she gets all a chap's got.
"The Bag of Diamonds" by George Manville Fenn
He sees in it allusions to the death of the Queen, which would more or less fix the date.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
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In poetry:

"Fact of it is, it seems to me
A sort o' bloomin' Uly-see
Is wot I've allus been," said he.
"Dan's Odyssey" by Cicely Fox Smith
He has to have a holiday
Because he's worked soa hard;--
Well, aw allus think 'at labor
Is desarvin ov reward.
"Old Dave To Th' New Parson" by John Hartley
But soon the people could not bear
The slightest hint of fire;
Allusions to caloric drew
A flood of savage ire;
"The Hot Season" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Aw saw a tear wor in her e'e--
In fact, it's seldom dry:
Sin daddy went shoo allus cries,
But nivver tells us why.
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
An' then agean,--he goes on th' rant;
Nah, that aw niver do;--
Aw allus mark misen content,
Wi' an odd pint or two.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley
I ALLUS hated goin' to t' kirk,
An' preachin' doant do owt
To help a man 'at's gone astray;
To sermons, I think nowt!
"Shepherd Agnostic" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

Meals begin with an amuse bouche of bacon-laced tater tots — a whimsical allusion to the food-truck fare that landed him on the Great Food Truck Race.
Made from recycled, thermoformed styrene, Allusions tin-styled ceiling tiles by Surfacing Solution may be installed nail free on ceilings.
In Jong's comments on sexism, her allusion to Hillary Clinton as First Spouse probably is politically correct, but perhaps a little dated.
In " The Weird Sisters ," Eleanor Brown makes allusions to "Macbeth" and "KIng Lear" while spinning her own charming and original story about three Shakespeare-spouting, star-crossed siblings.
Pop's newest -- and gayest -- superstar pulls back the curtain to reveal all is allusion in the art and artifice of fame.
Pop's newest—and gayest—superstar pulls back the curtain to reveal all is allusion in the art and artifice of fame.
In "The Weird Sisters ," Eleanor Brown makes allusions to "Macbeth" and "KIng Lear" while spinning her own charming and original story about three Shakespeare-spouting, star-crossed siblings.
In what appeared to be an eerie allusion to the Joker in a Batman movie.
Allusion is a prefinished metal print coating system that accurately simulates expensive natural finishes using high-performance print coating technology.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) brings allusions to card games and chance, and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) plays with extended metaphors about chess and navigating one's way toward goals.
Rich in theatrical allusions and as pregnant with satire and humor as a Chekhov or a Shaw play, Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig ripples with laughter as it pricks the soul.
Four Spiritual Allusions on Smashing Pumpkins' ' Oceania '.
As I read this novel, Powers's seventh, I was tempted to try to identify each literary allusion or reference to popular culture.
In what appeared to be an eerie allusion to the Joker in a Batman movie, James E Holmes, the young man charged in the Colorado movie theater shooting, sent a notebook to his psychiatrist with burned money stuffed inside it.
Four Spiritual Allusions on Smashing Pumpkins' 'Oceania'.
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In science:

We call the algorithm below the Fibonacci Cube algorithm by allusion to the Fibonacci series.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
As a first step in the direction of this long term allusive ob jective, we define in this text a simple notion of generalized valuation (with tempered growth) that allows one to mix the main viewpoints of places in a definition that contains but does not distinguish archimedean and non-archimedean valuations.
Global analytic geometry
Thus the conclusions of ref. that data show an allusion of a first order phase transition are premature as well.
Thermodynamics - a valuable approach to multifragmentation?
If matter is fractal it can not condense into points, however this allusion can still take place above the planck energy scale.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
Which thus gives the allusion that spacetime is contracting in the classical real frame.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
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