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Definition of Allusion

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hint, intimation; occurrence of indirect reference; metaphor; act of alluding to something
Allusion Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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an indirect reference to someone or something presumed to be well known - historical events, celebrities, citations

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Allusion Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.
  
(n.)
A figurative or symbolical reference.
  
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allusion
\al*lu"sion\ (&?;), n. [l. allusio, fr. alludere to allude: cf. f. allusion.]
1. a figurative or symbolical reference. [obs.]
2. a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.

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An indirect and incidental reference to something without definite mention of it.
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. passing reference or indirect mention
(hypernym) mention, reference
(derivation) allude, touch, advert
Allusion Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Allusion is a figure of speech, in which one refers covertly or indirectly to an object or circumstance that has occurred or existed in an external context. It is left to the reader or hearer to make the connection (Fowler); where the connection is detailed in depth by the author, it is preferable to call it "a reference". In the arts, a literary allusion puts the alluded text in a new context under which it assumes new meanings and denotations. It is not possible to predetermine the nature of all the new meanings and intertexual patterns that an allusion will generate.Literary allusion is closely related to parody and pastiche, which are also "text-linking" literary devices.

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