elu·​sion ē-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce elusion (audio)
: an act of eluding

Examples of elusion in a Sentence

his artful elusion of the worst work assignments
Recent Examples on the Web We’re left to draw our own conclusions about that period, especially as the present-day Andrésen looks back on it here with more innuendo and elusion than frank remembrance. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Emphasizing defense, his boxing instructor prods him to master the art of elusion, of hitting without being hit. Gordon Marino, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2019

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Word History


Medieval Latin elusion-, elusio, from Late Latin, deception, from Latin eludere

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elusion was in 1617

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“Elusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elusion. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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