Allusive speech, writing, or art is full of indirect references to people or things.

His new play, Arcadia, is as intricate, elaborate and allusive as anything he has yet written.

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  • Allusive — Al*lu sive, a. 1. Figurative; symbolical. [1913 Webster] 2. Having reference to something not fully expressed; containing an allusion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allusive — I adjective allusory, ambiguous, clandestine, connotative, covert, eclipsed, evasive, imperspicuous, implicational, implicative, indicative, indirect, inferential, inferred, notional, obscure, screened, suggestive, tacit, vague, veiled associated …   Law dictionary

  • allusive — (adj.) c.1600, from L. allus , pp. stem of alludere (see ALLUDE (Cf. allude)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Allusively; allusiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • allusive — [ə lo͞os′iv, alo͞os′iv] adj. 1. containing an allusion 2. using allusion; full of allusions allusively adv. allusiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • allusive — ● allusif, allusive adjectif Qui contient une allusion, qui procède par allusion : Phrase allusive. Il est resté très allusif …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • allusive — adjective /əˈluː.sɪv,əˈljuː.sɪv,əˈluː.sɪv/ Containing or making use of indirect references or hints. His speech was allusive. See Also: allude, allusion …   Wiktionary

  • allusive — allusion ► NOUN ▪ an indirect reference to something. DERIVATIVES allusive adjective allusively adverb allusiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • allusive — adjective see allusion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • allusive — allusively, adv. allusiveness, n. /euh looh siv/, adj. 1. having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions. 2. Obs. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative. [1595 1605; ALLUS(ION) + IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • allusive — Synonyms and related words: allusory, figurative, figured, flowery, implicational, implicative, implicatory, indicative, inferential, insinuating, insinuative, insinuatory, ironic, mannered, metaphorical, ornamented, referential, suggestive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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