Confused Words | Allusion and Illusion

The confusion

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The words allusion and illusion are often confused because they are spelt almost similarly.

So what's the difference between allusion and illusion?


The word allusion is a noun and it refers to an indirect or passing reference.


reference to, mention of, suggestion of, hint to..


  • There was an an allusion to Shakespeare in his speech.
  • His poem contains a lot of Biblical allusions.
  • She made an allusion to her son's illness.


The word illusion is a noun and refers to something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real.


chimera, conceit, daydream, delusion, dream, fancy, figment, hallucination, fantasy..


  • They created a video game that gives the illusion that you are really skiing.
  • He had no illusions about the trouble he was in.
  • It's not true; It's just an illusion.

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