Allude vs. Elude

Lexical Vexations

allude v. to reference indirectly.

elude v. to escape or evade.

Words in the Wild: Whatever Prof. Dobson was alluding to in his mention of academic misconduct seemed to elude Sarah’s notice altogether—she continued to copy the contents of her arm onto her test paper, unabashed and unabated.

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