Entries linking to elusive
1530s, "delude, make a fool of," from Latin eludere "finish play, win at play; escape from or parry (a blow), make a fool of, mock, frustrate; win from at play," from assimilated form of ex "out, away" (see ex-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "evade" is first recorded 1610s in a figurative sense, 1630s in a literal one. Related: Eluded; eludes; eluding.
word-forming element making adjectives from verbs, meaning "pertaining to, tending to; doing, serving to do," in some cases from Old French -if, but usually directly from Latin adjectival suffix -ivus (source also of Italian and Spanish -ivo). In some words borrowed from French at an early date it has been reduced to -y (as in hasty, tardy).
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Harper, D. (n.d.). Etymology of elusive. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved $(datetime), from https://www.etymonline.com/word/elusive
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Definitions of elusive
difficult to describe;
a haunting elusive odor
skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline;
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze;
that elusive thing the soul