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allude (verb) refer indirectly to.

When you mention indirectly someone's failings, you allude to them. For example, when you say to your friend that friends are not always reliable, your friend may think that you are referring to an occasion when he failed you. So he may think you are alluding to the occasion. Suppose you are talking about the bad effects the divorce of a couple have on their children, divorced persons listening to you may think you are alluding to their divorce.

  • Declared elected, the successful presidential candidate has observed that media some times go wrong, alluding to their predictions of his defeat at the polls.
  • When her friends were talking about children developing abnormal behavior because of parental neglect, Mary wondered if they were alluding to her son's hyperactive behavior.
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