Examples of allude in a Sentence
- As alluded to previously, the entire universe may actually exist in a higher-dimensional space. —Clifford A. Pickover, Surfing Through Hyperspace, 1999
- Adams had alluded to slavery in 1816, when he confided to Jefferson that "there will be greater difficulties to preserve our Union, than You and I, our Fathers Brothers Friends … have had to form it." —Joseph J. Ellis, American Heritage, May/June 1993
- The more challenging problems in fact—ones that the optimists rarely allude to—will be the problems of success. —Charles R. Morris, Atlantic, October 1989
Mrs. Simons alluded to some health problems, without being specific.
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The sheer back alluded to skin while retaining a hint of modesty, while the slit down the spine was a natty touch.
But the appeals court rejected such arguments and alluded to eight deaths that were quickly reported after the nursing home was evacuated Sept. 13 and residents went to a nearby hospital.
Some of these abstract paintings perhaps allude to landscapes.
Kramer says, alluding to her miscarriage this past December.
Along with its dark tale of Scientology, Hall’s new book describes the milieu in which she was raised, and alludes to some of those literary high times.
In his resignation letter, Pruitt alluded to — and dodged any responsibility for — the torrent of ethics scandals that plagued his tenure atop the agency.
Trump alluded to the settlement, known as the Flores agreement, in his executive court order.
One of the sponsors, Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, alluded to the California coffee lawsuit as an example of misleading warnings.
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Usage of allude
Allude is a word with playful roots—literally. It comes from the Latin alludere, which means "to play with," and shares the root of Latin ludere ("to play") with other English words, such as ludicrous and delude. One of the former meanings of allude was "to engage in wordplay": this sense is now long obsolete.
Although some people think that allude must always specifically entail an indirect reference, this is not the case; people have been using allude in the sense of "to refer to directly" for well over a century (as in "The Man Without a Country," the short story by Edward Everett Hale from 1863: "He never alluded so directly to his story again..."). So while allude may more commonly be used in the sense of expressing something indirectly, it is neither uncommon nor improper to use it to mean something more direct.
Allude need not always be followed by the preposition to, although that is the most common construction in modern usage.
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