allusive vs elusive

allusive elusive


  • 1) Containing or making use of indirect references or hints.
  • 2) Containing or characterized by indirect references.
  • 3) Figurative; symbolical.
  • 4) Having reference to something not fully expressed; containing an allusion.
  • 5) characterized by indirect references
  • 6) Punning.
  • 7) Metaphorical.
  • 8) Having reference to something not fully expressed; containing, full of, or characterized by allusions.


  • 1) evading capture, comprehension or remembrance
  • 2) rarely seen
  • 3) Difficult to define or describe.
  • 4) Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory.
  • 5) Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious.
  • 6) difficult to describe
  • 7) skillful at eluding capture
  • 8) Eluding, or having a tendency to elude; hard to grasp or confine; slippery.


  • 1) A Cloudy and rainy Day, staid at home; spent the day Writing, Reading and Chatting -- I think it observable that our Language is more and more sliding into modes of expression allusive and allegorical, approximating to the eastern stile -- Professional Men, Lawyers, Seamen, Soldiers
  • 2) The second species of accommodation, called allusive, is often a mere play on words and at times seems due to a misunderstanding of the original meaning.
  • 3) He's in a Gotham City (the very name allusive of the word gothic, if not outright derived from it) graveyard, in fact, at the grave of Batman, the mainstream superhero of the DC universe most easily associated with horror--from the very concept of his character and its association with vampires (an association made literal in comics from Red Rain to Nosferatu), it's hardly an accident that he's the superhero who appeared in Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson's macabre early issues of Swamp Thing.
  • 4) Jarmusch is the director who puts the loose in "allusive" and the lipstick in "elliptical"; I fully recognize his movies aren't to everybody's taste.
  • 5) DreamWorks, in particular, has made the kind of allusive, parodic cultural self-consciousness that used to be called postmodernism safe for the whole family.
  • 6) 'prays in aid of similes,' -- that this is a specimen of what he calls elsewhere 'allusive' writing.
  • 7) Time is simultaneously the star and an extra, protagonist and antagonist, the crescendo and the anti-climax, the narrative and an abstraction, the subject and the subtext - it's tangible and yet allusive.
  • 8) You can't hide behind an elaborate form or allusive obscurity.
  • 9) While Mr. Eliot's early poems, most notably "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), had brought him considerable attention in literary circles, it was "The Waste Land" (1922), a fragmentary and highly allusive verse epic, that gave him his central position in British and American poetry.
  • 10) ‘Above all, they are gestures by which the poet and the reader may together, through a sequence of allusive suggestions and corresponding recognitions, infuse the written text with breath.’
  • 11) ‘Approaching the texts in a suggestive and allusive manner, they draw on their own poetic experience to elucidate the texts.’
  • 12) ‘It is a misfortune that the text of the history of Ammianus Marcellinus, which introduces this episode, is defective, and that only allusive back references survive.’
  • 13) ‘He is able to construct space through the juxtaposition of colors and to play with allusive reference.’
  • 14) ‘Mangold's curled figure proves a curiously allusive and vulnerable emblem as it unfurls across one, two or three panels, nearing but never quite touching the edges of the support.’
  • 15) ‘As well as Joyce there was TS Eliot, whose densely allusive poem The Waste Land prompted such perplexity that the poet felt prompted to provide his own notes.’
  • 16) ‘Again and commonly, physical beauty enjoys a symbolic and allusive function in these Anglo-Saxon texts.’
  • 17) ‘Trying too hard to be symbolic and trendily allusive, it collapses under the weight of its ambitions.’
  • 18) ‘Both make allusive abstract forms that can suggest seedpods, cells or constellations, and both work in a generous scale with a sensitive touch.’
  • 19) ‘Wizon's titles are evocative and allusive, and it is only via their suggestions that one can begin to read the touches of color in terms of imagery.’
  • 20) ‘A fair portion of contemporary poetry over-relies on self-reflexive irony, tonal detachment, and an often irritating allusive erudition.’
  • 21) ‘Designer Susan Benson imparts the allusive quality of a Japanese watercolour, and Michael Whitfield beautifully recreates changing natural light.’
  • 22) ‘But it's a perfect example of the strange and allusive poetry he brings to even the most conventional of subjects, such as his portrait of an archer, which seems to be both more and less than a portrait.’
  • 23) ‘Phillips likes to write allusive portraits peppered with images he can wrap his warm, grainy voice around, like the slowly-rolling Far End of the Night or the feistier Calamity Jane.’
  • 24) ‘In some ways the poem is the closest thing he would write to the method and manner of Eliot, with its mysterious, fragmentary dialogue and allusive range.’
  • 25) ‘Findlay is sympathetic to the self-referential and allusive nature of the play, Shakespeare's most mature comedy, and makes no attempt at realism.’
  • 26) ‘As an essayist, he conveys similar purpose, putting across his thoughts in a lively, questioning, allusive and often self-deprecatory way.’
  • 27) ‘In opening with an anonymous voice, only later identified, we are immediately plunged into the allusive narrative style which characterises this novel.’
  • 28) ‘Chopin's Preludes return independence to the hands in order to display a new kind of allusive dialogue between them.’
  • 29) ‘Mr. Bellow's prose is energetic and torrential; his voice learned and allusive.’


  • 1) Ignoring the voters is an unaffordable luxury and a guarantee that power will remain elusive for many years to come.
  • 2) That elusive first win league win for the Scot may be some way off yet.
  • 3) Yet for many it can remain frustratingly elusive, especially at that critical moment when boldness is required.
  • 4) This was a far more elusive experience.
  • 5) And so the hunt for that elusive first gold continues.
  • 6) To gaze at our elusive past can seem an insufficient contribution in such circumstances.
  • 7) Yet they are elusive creatures and are rarely seen.
  • 8) She has the sort of elusive quality that fashion goes crazy for.
  • 9) Stoke should be safe but need to find that elusive win to take them over the line.
  • 10) Was she an elusive and difficult person from his past?
  • 11) Equal rights have been won but equal status and equal power remain far more elusive.
  • 12) But there was always an elusive quality to her beauty.
  • 13) Nor did we find our elusive wolf.
  • 14) Comedy is a far more elusive skill.
  • 15) The longer you look at this image the more elusive it seems to grow.
  • 16) The players should be aware that something is missing from their mix and search for that elusive quality.
  • 17) Many who would benefit from the support and selfesteem boost of a stable partner find such comfort elusive.
  • 18) The first is that it is very hard to get good scientific information about a creature as elusive as a marine mammal.
  • 19) Things get clearer at the end, but a lot of evidence remains elusive.
  • 20) Yesterday, you sensed he just wanted to protect his chance of winning that elusive first major.
  • 21) It sounded pretty serious, but meaning remained stubbornly elusive.
  • 22) He has gone close at the Festival but that elusive first winner still awaits.
  • 23) There is a long history of sightings of large, elusive creatures.
  • 24) The real Thurman is far more elusive than that.
  • 25) And as with all great works of art, its meaning was both obvious and rather difficult and elusive to explain.
  • 26) Dinner remained elusive; instead, there were classes in setting traps and making fires.
  • 27) Bringing the discussion up to date, Orr finds that Jorie Graham, Geoffrey Hill, and Derek Walcott today are considered the epitome of ambition, while the quieter Kay Ryan finds the label elusive.
  • 28) He argued that unraveling these links is “devilishly” complex and thus “the connections between geology and wine will remain elusive for some time to come.”
  • 29) Wickremesinghe was willing to forgo his long-term elusive presidential aspirations to former army commander Sarath Fonseka, whose entrance into politics was just as sudden and surprising as the ending of the war in which he played a significant role.
  • 30) Mostly we aspire to write, and reaching toward something mysterious and elusive is where the work actually lives.
  • 31) Beckjord's letter, Bigfoot, elusive, is still here touched on the non-flesh and blood mindset within some Bigfooters.
  • 32) ‘Pre-baiting an area that looks good is often the answer to catching one of these elusive carp.’
  • 33) ‘He was injured last season, so we had to wait over a year before this elusive 100th was achieved!’
  • 34) ‘He would then retreat, hoping to catch the elusive man in their new round.’
  • 35) ‘All the evidence suggests that this is one of the key times to catch an elusive 40 pounder.’
  • 36) ‘Vogue tried to cement what it had, even locating an elusive Leon Smet!’
  • 37) ‘Selling is in our American blood, and the ability to do it well is elusive and admired.’
  • 38) ‘It's about the people who come to America in search of that elusive thing, the American dream.’
  • 39) ‘As Cherwell's editorial bemoans of our current situation, a solution is elusive.’
  • 40) ‘Birdwatchers from all over the country have descended on a nature reserve in Cheshire in search of a rare and elusive bird.’
  • 41) ‘There is even a personal shopping service, providing further help in tracking down that elusive pair of shoes.’
  • 42) ‘But persuading the elusive birds to quit their historic lodgings has proved to be quite a headache.’
  • 43) ‘Taylor is still searching for that elusive first tour win but is not setting herself any future goals and targets in the sport.’
  • 44) ‘Women walk miles on the blazing sands in search of an elusive pot of water.’
  • 45) ‘Bringing horses of that calibre to Scotland remains the elusive dream.’
  • 46) ‘Reedie had been praying for that first elusive gold to come from Simon Lessing in today's men's triathlon.’
  • 47) ‘With off-road vehicles and guns, this is a boy's day out, and all in pursuit of that elusive plump little bird.’
  • 48) ‘Naturally, that persistent little squirrel is still driving himself nuts in pursuit of an elusive acorn.’
  • 49) ‘So this formula, this test, to see whether or not you're compatible has been elusive so far.’
  • 50) ‘The song became an instant hit and proved to be the group's entry into the elusive U.S. market.’
  • 51) ‘That run should have sharpened her up sufficiently to get those elusive winning brackets.’

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