Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Symbolically; by way of comparison or figure.
- In an allusive manner; by way of allusion; by suggestion, implication, or insinuation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Figuratively [Obs.]; by way of allusion; by implication, suggestion, or insinuation.
- allusive + -ly (Wiktionary)
“Taking an unexpected hand in the fortunes of cinematic renegades, the French designer agnès b. aka Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé has given financial backing to such bold and divisive filmmakers as Harmony Korine and Gaspar Noé, and conceived the allusively chic attire worn by Uma Thurman and John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction.”
“If so, the euphony is, for Conrad, not just thoroughly but almost allusively Romantic.”
“His poetry gives evidence of a bookish and extremely thoughtful life while encountering the forms and rituals of cultures without literatures — West African, Mexican and Central American — as well as the writers — Augustine, Goethe, Rilke, David Hume, Hugh MacDiarmid — whose traces we find allusively placed throughout his work.”
“Ackerman declines to discuss her own emotional resume, but does say airily, "I was born with a poet's sensibility, and Prozac made it impossible for me to do what comes naturally -- think metaphorically, allusively, exploring the hidden connection between seemingly unrelated things.”
“Life stories, in other words, are not intended for indiscriminate public consumption, nor would they be immediately comprehensible beyond a narrator's social circle, given their often-unnamed cast of characters and the situations they allusively describe.”
“In a tentative way information was supplied; she spoke allusively of her school, of her examination successes, of her gladness that the days of “Cram” were over.”
“There's something allusively pornographic about the role of delivery guy.”
“Vaughn Bode himself is allusively depicted on page forty-three, and I think he would be proud to find himself in these colorful funny pages.”
“Irvine's previous novel, A Scattering of Jades, combined Mammoth Cave, Aaron Burr, and P.T. Barnum with Aztec mummies and the Millerite apocalypse; it felt heftier than OKOS does, and its magic captured the True Powers Feel of "I know how this works, but if I told you straight out your eyes would melt, so I'm just going to describe it allusively" somewhat better.”
“Every phrase had to be understood allusively rather than at face value, based on the assumption that all readers had read and memorized the same 30-volume library.”
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