• (British) IPA: /əˈluː.sɪv/, /əˈljuː.sɪv/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈluː.sɪv/


  1. that contains or makes use of allusions (indirect references or hints)
    • 1984, John Bayley, Two pieces on translating Mandelstam, Selected Essays, page 149 ↗,
      English poetry is compelled by the stubbornness of the language continually to renounce the too obviously poetic: but in seeking to be more precise, more dense and more allusive, Russian poetry has never had to give up the straightforward traditional intoxications of sound and rhyme.
    • 2010, James Matthews, Late Modernism and the Marketplace, Edwina Keown, Carol Taaffe (editors), Irish Modernism, page 172 ↗,
      The footnotes ensure that the lines become more allusive and more polysemantic, vacillating between transubstantiation and ghostly intimations.
    • 2013, Nick Nicholas, George Baloglou (translators and editors), Introduction, Unknown author, An Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds, [14th c, Παιδιόφραστος διήγησις τῶν ζῴων τῶν τετραπόδων], page 87 ↗,
      The Book is a more allusive work than the Tale, which leads to speculation on whether the digressions in both works might not merely be a case of a rambling narrator.
    Synonyms: suggestive
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