Pronounce the ‘a’ allude in the same way as you would pronounce a in assume. The rest of the letters are pronounced as leew-d. So, allude is pronounced as a-leewd. The word comes from the latin alludere, meaning ‘to play with’.
Allude means to suggest something indirectly or hint at something without mentioning it directly. The other person then assumes the connection whatsoever. For example –
Though sounds similar to Allude, elude has a totally different meaning. The similarity comes from their roots. The word is a combination of latin ‘ex’ meaning away from, and ludere, meaning to play giving the word eludere or the modern elude.
Pronunciation – pronounce the ‘e’ as you would pronounce in elephant. The rest of the word is same as leew-d. So, it is e-leew-d.
Elude means to escape or get away from something or someone. For example –
How to remember?
Elude starts with an e – remember that escape also starts with an e. So, elude à escape.
The literary term allusion – which is a popular figure of speech used in books where an author references other pieces of literature in an indirect way. So, remember allusion à allude.
Though looks similar to allude, allure is a totally different word with different roots. Allure as a verb means to attract or tempt. Allure comes from the old French luere which means attract.
In this article, we have seen the words, allude, elude and allure and how each is different from the other. Allude and elude have the same roots, whereas allure comes from a different origin. Allude means to hint at something and elude is to escape.