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Containing or characterized by indirect references: an allusive speech.

al·lu′sive·ly adv.
al·lu′sive·ness n.
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Noun1.allusiveness - a quality characterized by indirect reference
indirectness - having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal
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With all his healthy contempt for the spirit dictating such speeches, the atrocious allusiveness of the words had its effect on Chief Inspector Heat.
It betrays the awkwardness of an early attempt to pray in a language that is not only traditionally biblical in its allusiveness, but that is also ecologically sensitive.
This wide-ranging allusiveness and self-referentiality builds in the penultimate poem ("Poor little poem, nobody likes you," says the poet), and culminates in the title poem, saved for last, which opens so winningly:
Isn't it about time we forgot the story of Glazunov's drunken conducting sabotaging its premiere and causing a nervous breakdown in the young composer, and instead concentrated on its qualities of cogency and emotional allusiveness, looking forward as it does across half-a-century to the gritty Symphonic Dances?
We cannot expect from Hawthorne much more of bare bodies and sexual desire than such phallic allusiveness, at least in 1830s New England.
What has been sacrificed is the decorative elaboration of the original, as well as the extra dimension of allusiveness it provides.
Anyone familiar with Fuller's love of allusiveness would not find it at all surprising for her to start a conversation with a quotation.
In keeping with the Joycean allusiveness of the narrative, Bowdring's protagonist appears as a sort of aging Stephen Dedalus who has yet to go forth and forge anything tangible in the smithy of his introspective soul.
Ramazani's reading of "Fragments out of the Deluge" introduces the method he will use throughout the book: after considering the historical contexts and thematic ties between works of different genres, he swoops in on passages of rich complexity and allusiveness, seizing the kernel of poetic distinctiveness with as much triumph as the angler who holds up the trophy fish in Elizabeth Bishop's poem.
Also, at times unavoidably, Chinese allusiveness takes over--the names of fourteen Chinese authors, none of them well known to the English reader, appear on the first essay's opening page.
But bearing in mind Hemingway's reflexive allusiveness, consider for a moment the famously hubristic words of Kaiser Wilhelm II, uttered in August 1914 as he watched his German troops heading off to the Great War: "You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees" (qtd.
For those interested in satire more generally, the book provides thorough evidence of satire's allusiveness and leads us to ask how much contextual information a reader must have to understand and enjoy any satire.