Allusion and IllusionThe nouns allusion and illusion sound quite similar, and they both have connotations of intangibility. As a result, they are sometimes confused by writers.
AllusionThe noun allusion denotes a subtle or indirect reference to something (i.e., a hint at something). It derives from the verb to allude.
- The Simpsons is full of allusions to well-known films.
- His consistent allusions to being so poor as a child are not in keeping with his brother's version of their childhood.
IllusionAn illusion is a false impression or deception.
- It's not an oasis — it is an illusion.
- I am under no illusion how much work is required.
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