Example sentences for: allusions

How can you use “allusions” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Some praise director Guillermo Del Toro for manipulating Gothic conventions and sprinkling the film with Catholic imagery and allusions to classic films.

  • It is hard to imagine anyone, regardless of sex, enjoying being referred to as a Johnny-come-lately . The self-styled humorists could have a field day with this one, too, suggesting “She's a Jacquelyn of all trades” or the sexless Robin Crusoe . I looked up in the dictionary section a few of the allusions that cannot really be paraphrased.

  • Reviewers say the show is long on pop-culture allusions and short on psychological acumen.

  • But from an idealist's perspective, the decision to let Kosovars die rather than risk American lives is indeed political--and the purpose of Clinton's allusions to "judgment," "strategy," and "circumstances" is, as with all such realist language, to obscure our indifference and cowardice.

  • I refuse, out of conservatism and sheer curmudgeonliness to give up English grammar (like the “neutral” pronouns of reference) when I cannot paraphrase without losing what little elegance there may be in my writing, and I refuse to sacrifice metonyms, metaphors, allusions, and other figures of speech that contain male referents, substituting “big liar” for Baron Munchhausen and “Peeping Thomasina” for Peeping Tom or trying to get around saying or writing Pollyanna, say uncle, raise Cain , or Jesus Christ !


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