allusion allusion  /ə ˈlu ʒən/


  • (n) passing reference or indirect mention


  1. The title of the fiction "Five Point Someone" is an allusion to the struggle the book's protagonists have with their low grades.
  2. The difference between allusion and plagiarism is the difference between genuine art and fake.
  3. Although the original edition carried it, in the new version of the book, all uncomplimentary racial allusions have been omitted.



  1. "I have now realized that I used an inappropriate allusion, and so am retracting my remarks and apologizing to all those who were offended," Aso told reporters Friday.
    on Jul 20, 2007 By: Taro Aso Source: Forbes

  2. "I was just showing them my new Louis," Kanye explained. "I can't show you too much of that, though. These aren't coming out until June." "It was an optical allusion. That didn't really happen."
    on Jan 5, 2009 By: Kanye West Source: SOHH

  3. "I don't think there's anybody that uses words better than he does," said Ricks, the author of highly regarded works of literary criticism such as "The Force of Poetry" and "Allusion to the Poets," as well as books on TS Eliot,...
    on Oct 6, 2004 By: Christopher Ricks Source: CBS News

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