allusive allusive  /ə ˈlu sɪv/


  • (adj) characterized by indirect references


  1. He has energized each frame with allusive legerdemain and an intelligent density of images and emotions.
  2. The tonier cocktail parties were rife with debates on the elusive, allusive meanings of such films as The Silence and Persona.
  3. But he went on with the show, served up nearly 30 minutes of his brand of exaggerated, wildly allusive humor.


  • 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


  • "Part of the game is that what looks good on paper is different sometimes to what's on the screen because it's a very allusive medium," Crowe said. "I don't think we should be deconstructing what we have, if anything we should be smoothing...
    on Dec 3, 2003 By: Russell Crowe Source: The Age

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