allusive vs elusive vs illusive : Common Errors in English

About allusive vs elusive vs illusive

When a lawyer alludes to his client’s poor mother, he is being allusive. When the mole keeps eluding the traps you’ve set in the garden, it’s being elusive. We also speak of matters that are difficult to understand, identify, or remember as elusive. Illusions can be illusive, but we more often refer to them as illusory.

allusive Meaning(s)

  • (s) characterized by indirect references

elusive Meaning(s)

  • (s) skillful at eluding capture
  • (s) difficult to describe
  • (s) difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
  • (s) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

illusive Meaning(s)

  • (s) based on or having the nature of an illusion

allusive in News

  • Review: Cognitive overload with Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

    Made up to look like black and white drawings, the protagonists in Mary Reid Kelley’s videos speak in a constant, densely allusive patter. This approach worked swimmingly in her 2010 show at Susanne Vielmetter, which featured two videos that looked at the darker side of early modernism. The stark, stylized appearance of those works perfectly evoked stripped-down modern aesthetics.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

elusive in News

  1. The Cronut craze hits New York

    Oh the pull of that elusive reservation at the hot new restaurant. And double-oh the sweet and fatty decadence of a well-made dessert. Combine the two foodie emotions and you've got the Cronut.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Journal News

  2. Search for 1st Web page proves elusive for researchers

    For the European physicists who created the World Wide Web, preserving its history is as elusive as unlocking the mysteries of how the universe began.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: KATU Portland

  3. The Gamma Delphinids Are Coming: 'Elusive' Meteor Shower Tonight

    They travel at about 127,500 miles per hour, and NASA calls them "elusive" and "scarcely known." Tonight could bring the best views of the gamma Delphinid meteor shower since 1930.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: NPR

illusive in News

  • Power Ranking Minnesota Twins Starting Pitchers

    “See the ball, hit the ball.” It’s a pretty simple concept for the offensive side of the ball. The other side of the ball is all about the art of illusion. Frankly, the Minnesota Twins pitching staff hasn’t been very illusive in the past couple years. They are basically a bunch of magicians who outright tell you how their tricks, or illusions, work. It’s really kind of sad. The Twins have thrown ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

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