Meaning of elusory in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈluːs(ə)ri/


  • Difficult to find, catch, or achieve; elusive.

    ‘He must be one of the most elusory characters in Hollywood.’
    • ‘In his latest essay, he grapples with the fact that those costs have become painfully evident, and the larger concerns of security, justice and freedom increasingly elusory.’
    • ‘This freedom, however, proves even more elusory for them than it did for Easy Rider's protagonists, when the supply of dope dries up unexpectedly.’
    • ‘I felt I had truly come to know this contradictory and elusory person and came to have even greater respect for the sweep and magnificence of his achievements’
    • ‘In this context, truth was elusory, and scepticism, cynicism, relativism and atheism were present under a veil of orthodoxy.’
    ambiguous, baffling, puzzling, misleading, evasive, equivocal, deceptive


Early 17th century from medieval Latin elusorius, from Latin elus- ‘eluded’ (from the verb eludere).