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Commonly Confused Words: Allude/Elude

Does one allude danger or allude to an implied point, or both?

Allude (verb):

  • Allude is a verb that means “to casually mention something or refer to it indirectly”: “He alluded to another instance in which defendant failed to follow through with his obligations.”

Elude (verb):

  • Elude is a verb that means to evade or escape from someone or something: “The criminal managed to elude capture by the police.”
 Rule—Allude/Elude: To elude is to EVADE; to allude is to casually ANNOUNCE.
  • Tip: Allude is used with an object; elude is often not.