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Definition of the noun allusiveness

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noun - plural: allusivenesses

  1. a quality characterized by indirect reference
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: indirectness = having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal

Alternative definition of the noun allusiveness


  1. The quality of being allusive.

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Google previewUntutored Lines: The Making of the English Epyllion (2012)

by William Weaver

This allusiveness is a reflection on the 'gnomic' quality of the fable, which includes proverbial clarity in its moral but also allegorical potential in its symbolic representation.

Google previewImage and Power (2014)

Women in Fiction in the Twentieth Century by Sarah Sceats, Gail Cunningham

'Violent times': Janette Turner Hospital's art of memory and the history of the present Julian Cowley Allusiveness is a striking feature of Janette Turner Hospital's fiction. Explicit or tacit reference to other works of literature and art is ...

Google previewLiteratures in African Languages (1985)

Theoretical Issues and Sample Surveys by B. W. Andrzejewski, S. Pilaszewicz, W. Tyloch

Allusiveness is a very common device in African poetry, with the poets exploiting shared knowledge in order to take short cuts in communication. While this causes serious difficulties to translators, making lengthy explanations and annotations ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Literature and Criticism (2002)

by Martin Coyle, Honorary Professorial Fellow Peter Garside, Peter Garside, Malcolm Kelsall, Professor of English Malcolm Kelsall, Professor, John Peck

One of the earliest challenges to this critical tendency of valorizing allusiveness as a form of humanist mythopoeia, came from an unlikely source. In a lively monograph, Literary Meaning and Augustan Values (1974), Irvin Ehrenpreis ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

Allusiveness assumes a common body of literature with which all cultured persons are familiar. The effective writer is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Romanticism (Routledge Revivals) (2009)

Culture in Britain, 1780s-1830s by Laura Dabundo

Romantic poems oftenstrive to reproduceactual emotionsand passionsratherthan employing the erudite allusiveness ofmuch Neoclassicaldiction. Coleridge's conversation poems employ adifferent kind of real language than Wordsworth s ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

Allusiveness assumes a common body of ...



precious jewels in the midst of a dross of distressing obscurities of thought and imagery, elaborate ingenuity or rather fantasticality, and the most perversely far- fetched allusiveness, shallow philosophising, and laborious unrhythmical wit.

Google previewBarclay's English Dictionary. With which is incorporated a complete modern gazetteer, a beautiful atlas of maps and also a pronouncing dictionary (1815)

by James Barclay (Curate of Edmonton.)

ALLUSIVENESS, s. the quality of expressing a thing by implication, or by reference, opposed to expressly, or directly. ALLUT, a town of the island of Ceylon. - ALLU'VION, s. [alluvio, Lat.] in its primary sense, a flowing or swelling of waters near ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States [2 volumes] (2009)

by Emmanuel S. Nelson

would break the allusiveness and begin a new era of unrepressed expression of sexual identity, an era that would include the out and proud work of poets Pat Parker, Adrienne Rich, and ...

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Scrabble value of A1L1L1U1S1I1V4E1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 12-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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