by Kitty Nash
"Allusion" is the noun derived from the verb "allude," which is to make an indirect or passing reference to something. Example: She made allusions about her wealth.
"Illusion" is the action of deceiving the eye or mind by what is unreal or false. Example: The magician created the illusion of flowing water.
Practice What You've Learned
- Click the word that correctly completes each sentence.
- Obvious political (allusions) (illusions) were made by the place she chose to declare her candidacy.
- A mirage is an atmospheric (allusion) (illusion).
- The poet's words about fog created the (allusion) (illusion) of foreboding fear.
- In telling the story in this way, he makes (allusions) (illusions) to classical literature.
- When a magician attempts to trick your eye or mind, the magician creates an (allusion) (illusion).
- The slope of the land gave the (allusion) (illusion) of water flowing uphill.
- She describes herself as introverted by nature but listen closely and you will hear her drop frequent (allusions) (illusions) to an expansive social network.
- The (allusions) (illusions) he made concerning fame and fortune were obviously meant to let us know of his true wealth.
- The quarterback faked to the fullback and created the (allusion) (illusion) of a running play.
- She enjoys referring to the Adonis (allusion) (illusion) when describing her latest boyfriend.