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  • n. The quality of being allusive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being allusive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being allusive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quality characterized by indirect reference


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allusive +‎ -ness


  • I direct students to the rich allusiveness of his work, his careful craftsmanship, and his often hidden meanings.

    Interview With Professor Jeanne Campbell Reesman

  • The heavy-handed allusiveness may just be an aesthetic mistake, a secondary flaw we have to countenance while otherwise acknowledging the narrative power of the novel as a whole.

    Point of View in Fiction

  • Any poetry removed from popular diction will inevitably become as esoteric as 18th-century satire (perfected by Alexander Pope), whose dense allusiveness and preciosity drove the early Romantic poets into the countryside to find living speech again.


  • Paglia (correctly) emphasizes the way in which English is constantly changing -- which makes it an ever-renewable source of new kinds of writing -- but she ought to consider this when elevating the Romantic poets '"living speech" over "dense allusiveness and preciosity."


  • What tends to happen instead is the kind of coy allusiveness coupled with total transparency of motive you meet, for example, in The Black Star, where our heroes most improbably find a light aircraft in which to escape the overrun city:

    A Great Disturbance in the Plot « Gerry Canavan

  • Great Regulars: In my experience, pastiche, hyper-allusiveness and associative logic contribute just as much to the texture of everyday communication as they do to making up postmodern literature and "Simpsons" episodes and Mitsubishi commercials.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • There is something about the style of these thinkers, its gaps, its allusiveness, its suggestiveness, and so on that makes it highly fit for cultural circulation.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Gone are the subversive wit, the aching sense of a man falling out of love with his industry, the sly allusiveness and fierce moral power.

    Jargon Spoils Analysts' Prose

  • In his long writing life, he found very diverse ways of expressing this: beginning with the musical, extravagant idioms of the earliest poems with their rich classical allusiveness and dancing rhythms, he goes on to establish himself as a prose polemicist of immense – sometimes scurrilous – vigour, and writes what is probably the greatest apologia in any European language for free debate in the public arena.

    Archbishop preaches about John Milton

  • I added the links in service to Bissage's awesome allusiveness.

    In anticipation of Friday's debate, the NYT sizes up Obama and McCain.


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