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An Allusion is an implicit reference.


  • (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒
    • An allusion is a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or representation of, a place, event, literary work, myth, or work of art, either directly or by implication. M.H. Abrams defined allusion as "a brief reference, explicit or indirect, to a person, place or event, or to another literary work or passage". [1] It is left to the reader or hearer to make the connection (Fowler); an overt allusion is a misnomer for what is simply a reference.
    • In a freer informal definition allusion is a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication.
  • (WordNet, 2009) ⇒
    • S: (n) allusion (passing reference or indirect mention)