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allude
used in War and Peace

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Definition
to make an indirect reference
  • He was seated in the place of honor between two Alexanders—Bekleshev and Naryshkin—which was a significant allusion to the name of the sovereign.
    Book Four — 1806 (28% in)
  • "What is that?" asked the countess as if she did not know what the visitor alluded to, though she had already heard about the cause of Count Bezukhov's distress some fifteen times.
    Book One — 1805 (31% in)
  • The German, Pahlen, has been sent to New York in America, to fetch the Frenchman, Moreau," he said, alluding to the invitation made that year to Moreau to enter the Russian service....
    Book One — 1805 (92% in)
  • Boris smiled, as if he understood what Prince Andrew was alluding to as something generally known.
    Book Three — 1805 (52% in)
  • In it was the petition to the Emperor drawn up by the auditor, in which Denisov, without alluding to the offenses of the commissariat officials, simply asked for pardon.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (85% in)
  • "I should like to see the great man," he said, alluding to Napoleon, whom hitherto he, like everyone else, had always called Buonaparte.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (86% in)
  • It was not accidentally, Natasha felt, that he alluded, when speaking of the highest aristocracy, to an ambassador's ball he had attended, and to invitations he had received from N.N. and S.S. All this time Natasha sat silent, glancing up at him from under her brows.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (45% in)
  • She sang him his favorite songs, showed him her album, making him write in it, did not allow him to allude to the past, letting it be understood how delightful was the present; and every day he went away in a fog, without having said what he meant to, and not knowing what he was doing or why he came, or how it would all end.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (45% in)
  • Vera, having noticed Prince Andrew's attentions to Natasha, decided that at a party, a real evening party, subtle allusions to the tender passion were absolutely necessary and, seizing a moment when Prince Andrew was alone, began a conversation with him about feelings in general and about her sister.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (76% in)
  • (alluding to a map of love much in vogue at that time).
    Book Six — 1808-10 (77% in)
  • To his former pretexts for irony a fresh one was now added—allusions to stepmothers and amiabilities to Mademoiselle Bourienne.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (98% in)
  • The affianced couple, no longer alluding to trees that shed gloom and melancholy upon them, planned the arrangements of a splendid house in Petersburg, paid calls, and prepared everything for a brilliant wedding.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (26% in)
  • Understanding at once to whom she alluded, Prince Vasili said in a whisper: "I know for a fact that Kutuzov made it an absolute condition that the Tsarevich should not be with the army.
    Book Ten — 1812 (20% in)
  • "And I'd have won on my Frenchy, your excellency," said Lavrushka from behind, alluding to his shabby cart horse, "only I didn't wish to mortify you."
    Book Ten — 1812 (36% in)
  • The countess let no occasion slip of making humiliating or cruel allusions to Sonya.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (42% in)
  • Not by a single word had Nicholas alluded to the fact that Prince Andrew's relations with Natasha might, if he recovered, be renewed, but Princess Mary saw by his face that he knew and thought of this.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (78% in)
  • The affair he had alluded to had happened a few days before—a fight between the prisoners and the French soldiers, in which Pierre had succeeded in pacifying his comrades.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (54% in)
  • Both avoided any allusion to the future.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (0% in)
  • In every word and gesture he saw allusions to his happiness.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (35% in)

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