To allude to something means to refer to it indirectly or by suggestion.To elude means to evade and escape. The words allude and elude are often confused and hence frequently misused in a sentence.
edit Meaning of Allude vs. Elude
To allude to something means to refer to it indirectly or by suggestion. It is usually used as a transitive verb. One usually alludes to something.
To elude means to evade and escape, usually (but not necessarily) through skill.
edit Examples of Allude vs. elude
Examples of allude
- The General alluded to the President's lapse in judgment when he recalled the failed war in Ofgonistan.
- The Animal Farm by Georoge Orwell alludes to the moral bankruptcy of the communist regime.
Examples of elude
- The answer to this puzzle eluded me until she gave me that hint.
- The convict escaped from prison and eluded the FBI for several days.