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  • adj. That tends to elude

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to elude or deceive; evasive; fraudulent; fallacious; deceitful; deceptive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of an elusive character; slipping from the grasp; misleading; fallacious; deceitful.


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  • She does not elaborate on how she is similar to the Czech writer who is famous for his political commentary and elusory style.

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  • The most delicate art is the art of erasure: what we do to forget is as elusory as what we do to remember. newest oldest profile the girl extras butterfly thanks

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  • At every one of them, they told us that, no, I'm sorry, the city is completely closed off, or the road is severely damaged or various other elusory answers.

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  • His oeuvre resembles a series of projects, with each one more or less disavowing the others but all involving a new attempt to come to grips with an elusory reality. Nobel Prize for Literature 1998 - Press Release

  • Even more important than this elusory internal mortification was the external or environmental mortification which, among the Russian socialists, subsequently came to constitute the substratum of their activities, and which Bakunin described as "complete immersion in the life of the people."

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  • The Boer ultimatum, by making it impossible for the British Government to be any longer cajoled into an elusory settlement by Boer diplomacy, had relieved Lord Milner of a load of anxiety, and closed a period of unparalleled physical and mental strain.

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  • A third time he approached in the same manner, when the Christian knight, desirous to terminate this elusory warfare, in which he might at length have been worn out by the activity of his foeman, suddenly seized the mace which hung at his saddlebow, and, with a strong hand and unerring aim, hurled it against the head of the Emir, for such and not less his enemy appeared.

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  • Malice and heartburning were out of the question with a lissom, winsome, witching fairy like this, who played with her life as a child does with soap-bubbles, and who was as elusory and irresponsible as a summer-day rainbow.

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  • The Nobel Foundation said in 1998 the prize was given to Saramago "who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality." Top Stories

  • Is this the way it has to be - one of us always vigilant, watching over the unconscious other, the quick elusory tracings on the night's space.

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