Misused Words

Allusion and Illusion

Allusion, a noun, is an indirect reference to something, quite often an event or a person in historical time.

The novelist in his work made an allusion to a character in the Bible.

Illusion, a noun, is a false impression.

People are under the illusion that winning the jackpot will make them happy.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The snow-covered trees gave the (allusion, illusion) of snowmen in the field.

(2) Modern writers often make an (allusion, illusion) to events or characters in Shakespeare's plays.

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