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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: allusio, from Latin alludere; ALLUDE


al‧lu‧sion [uncountable and countable]
something said or written that mentions a subject, person etc indirectly
allusion to
The committee made no allusion to the former President in its report.
literary/classical/cultural etc allusions
Eliot's poetry is full of biblical allusions.
In his poetry we find many allusions to the human body.
allusive adjective [only before noun]

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