elusive

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Elusive \E*lu"sive\, adjective Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious.

Elusive of the bridal day, she gives Fond hopes to all, and all with hopes deceives. --Pope. -- {E*lu"sive*ly}, adverb -- {E*lu"sive*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

elusive

adjective

1: difficult to describe; "a haunting elusive odor"

2: skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline

3: difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze; "his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul" [syn: {elusive}, {subtle}]

4: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home" [syn: {baffling}, {elusive}, {knotty}, {problematic}, {problematical}, {tough}]


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