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Definition of the noun allusion

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noun - plural: allusions

  1. passing reference or indirect mention
    • examples: The allusion was not lost on me. | She makes no allusion in the book to her profession. | She made an allusion to his misconduct. | There's an allusion to one of Debussy's works in that song. | Fortunately the guest of honor did not pick up on the allusion. | I never made allusion to an intention to marry.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: mention / reference = a remark that calls attention to something or someone

Alternative definition of the noun allusion

noun

  1. An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication.

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Google previewEchoes of Scripture in the Letter of Paul to the Colossians (2008)

by Christopher A. Beetham

First, an allusion is an intentional, conscious attempt by an author to point a reader back to a prior text.

Again it should be stated that one cannot in this sense allude unintentionally—an inadvertent allusion is a kind of solecism.

Google previewPlaying With Words (2016)

An Introduction to Creative Writing Craft by Shelley Davidow, Paul Williams

Allusion is a highly sophisticated comparison, a type of shorthand, comparing the known with the unknown without having to spell it out, though allusions to...

Google previewA Guided Inquiry Approach to Teaching the Humanities Research Project (2015)

by Randell K. Schmidt, Emilia N. Giordano, Geoffrey M. Schmidt

An allusion is a direct reference (though sometimes subtle) to something outside the story that lends context and, therefore, a deeper layer of meaning to the story. Often, however, that context can be surprising on many levels. The “something ...

Google previewForeign but Familiar Gods (2006)

Greco-Romans Read Religion in Acts by Lynn Allan Kauppi

Allusion is an economical means of calling upon the history or the literary tradition that author and reader are assumed to share.” According to J.A. Cuddon, allusions may be of four types: a reference to events and people, a reference to facts ...

Google previewIndie (2011)

An American Film Culture by Michael Z. Newman

An allusion is a special kind of intertextuality that operates as an exchange of knowledge among producer and consumer, not simply a similarity or reference or echo of one work in another. Although it is passé to take intentions to be a key to ...

Google previewMind and the Frontal Lobes (2011)

Cognition, Behavior, and Brain Imaging by Brian Levine PhD, Fergus I.M. Craik PhD

A second allusion is the behaviorist claim that all behavior follows willynilly from the presented stimuli without any cognitive intervention. Fifty years ago, mind and ...

Google previewEclipse: (2001)

The Celestial Phenomenon That Changed the Course of History by Paul Davies, Duncan Steel

That phrase is used colloquially to imply something seldom occurring, but here the allusion is a mixed metaphor: eclipses, of course, involve the Moon, and it looks pretty black when obscuring the Sun during such an event. How often does a ...

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

The allusion is to the British bowmen in battle, where the good soldier shot with a purpose, but the foolish soldier at random. (See Prov. xxix. 11.) Foolscap. A corruption of the Italian folio-capo (folio-sized sheet). The error must have been very ...

Google previewThe Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012)

Fourth Edition by Stephen Cushman, Clare Cavanagh, Jahan Ramazani, Paul Rouzer

Allusion tends to assume an intelligent reader, a shared body of knowledge, and the value of previous works or...

Google previewAn Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Gardening (1913)

by Walter Page Wright

Trichomanes, Bristle Fern (trichéni-anes, from thrix, a hair, and manos, soft, in allusion to the stems. Ord. Filices).—Beautiful ferns, one of the most popular of which is radicans, the Killarney Fern, a wilding in Ireland; Andrewsii, crispum, and ...

Google previewDictionary of Media and Communication Studies (2006)

by James Watson, Anne Hill

Allusion See historical allusion. Alternative computing See hacker, hack- tivist. Alternative (radical) media See media activ- ism. Amazon.com US Seattle-based superstore selling everything from books to electronic computers, from cameras to ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (2013)

by Peter Karibe Mendy, Lobban Jr.

The name Bafatá is derived from the Mandinka term ba fatá, meaning both “the river is dead” and “the river is full,” an allusion to a kind of estuary. On the most elevated part of the country, the city is the birthplace of the famous Amílcar Cabral .

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Sir, allusion has been made, in an early stage of this debate, to the history of the excitement which once pervaded a considerable part of the country, in reference to the transportation of the mails on the Lord's day. (Caleb Cushing)
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Scrabble value of A1L1L1U1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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