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allusion

al·lu·sion

allusion

 
 
pronunciation:
lu zhn
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part of speech: noun
definition: an indirect reference to or mention of something.
During the debate, the candidate made several allusions to supposed wrongdoing on the part of his opponent.The poem contained many allusions to Biblical passages.
synonyms:
hint, mention, reference
similar words:
citation, glance, quotation, suggestion
Word Parts
The word allusion contains the following part:
al- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix al- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with the letter "l," such as "loc" and "leg." See ad-.