A Literary Device


The definition of allusion is the act of making a casual or indirect reference to something. Its the figure of speech that makes a reference to a place,person or something that happened.


Some synonyms to the word allusion are quotation, charge, citation, mention, remark, statement, inference, indication and connotation. But of course these are just some synonyms to the word allusion,not all.

Some examples

Unoriginal examples

1. “I was surprised his nose was not growing like Pinocchio’s.” This refers to the story of Pinocchio, where his nose grew whenever he told a lie. It is from The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi

2. "Hey ! Guess who the new Newton of our school is?" - "Newton", means a genius student, it alludes to a famous scientist Isaac Newton?

Original Examples

1. "I thought that the software I bought would be good but it turned out to be a trojan horse". This refers to the horse that the greek built that contained all the soldiers. The greek then gave the horse to the enemy during the trojan war and sneakily with all the warriors in it the greek won the war.

2. "Bob was attracting attention because he was behaving like Steve jobs with wonderful ideas". This refers to Steve jobs because he had many creative and wonderful ideas and Bob was like him.


The derivates to the word allusion are.....

The word allusion is a noun

All of the derivatives listed below have the same definition which is "having reference to something that is implied or inferred".


Allusiveness (uh-loo-siv-ness)


Allusively (uh-loo-siv-le)


Allusive (uh-loo-siv)


Allude (uh-lood)


The correct pronunciation of the word allusion is...

Allusion = (uh-loo-zhuh-n)