[ UK /ɐlˈuːsɪv/ ]
[ US /əˈɫusɪv/ ]
  1. characterized by indirect references
    allusive speech is characterized by allusions
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How To Use allusive In A Sentence

  • Mann says it's a strange thing with the fulfilment of prophecies, they often confirm themselves allusively rather than literally.
  • A fair portion of contemporary poetry over-relies on self-reflexive irony, tonal detachment, and an often irritating allusive erudition.
  • A species of Ling is called sometimes the burbot, but it lives in fresh water; and this is also called the coney fish, and supposed to be allusive in the following arms.
  • Deliberately, the colour has little force, but this is compensated for by its allusive subtlety.
  • Chopin's Preludes return independence to the hands in order to display a new kind of allusive dialogue between them.
  • Taking an unexpected hand in the fortunes of cinematic renegades, the French designer agnès b. aka Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé has given financial backing to such bold and divisive filmmakers as Harmony Korine and Gaspar Noé, and conceived the allusively chic attire worn by Uma Thurman and John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction. Bidding a Very Long Farewell to Hungary's Film Hero
  • It's a densely allusive, punning, always associative flow that manages to keep its narrative movement alive with dizzying glances in all directions along the way.
  • That allusive, indirect style Westlake assigns to himself gives him plenty of room and time to wander away from his plot and work in wry but dead-on descriptions of people and how they live, the work they do, the things they surround themselves with, the places they go, their eccentricities and vanities and various insanities. Drowned Hopes
  • Again and commonly, physical beauty enjoys a symbolic and allusive function in these Anglo-Saxon texts.
  • Any poetry removed from popular diction will inevitably become as esoteric as 18th-century satire (perfected by Alexander Pope), whose dense allusiveness and preciosity drove the early Romantic poets into the countryside to find living speech again. Poetry
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