Allude vs Allegory - What's the difference?

allude | allegory |


As a verb allude

is to refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.

As a noun allegory is

the representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.

allude

English

Verb

(allud)
  • To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.
  • * 1597 , , Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity , Book V, Chapter xxix.3, 1841 ed., page 523:
  • These speeches . . . do seem to allude unto such ministerial garments as were then in use.
  • * 1846 , George Luxford, Edward Newman, The Phytologist: a popular botanical miscellany: Volume 2, Part 2 , page 474
  • It was aptly said by Newton that "whatever is not deduced from facts must be regarded as hypothesis," but hypothesis appears to us a title too honourable for the crude guessings to which we allude .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Robert L. Dorit , title=Rereading Darwin , volume=100, issue=1, page=23 , magazine= citation , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}

    Synonyms

    * advert, hint, imply, indicate, insinuate, intimate, point, refer, signify, suggest

    Derived terms

    * allusive * allusion

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    allegory

    English

    Noun

    (allegories) (wikipedia allegory)
  • The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.
  • A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation.
  • A symbolic representation which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.
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