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characterized by or exhibiting evasion

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difficult to describe

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skillful at eluding capture

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difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

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making great mental demands

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Likewise Billy Budd (1888-91): does not Claggart's accusation and Vere's trial of the `welkin-eyed' Handsome Sailor bespeak a metaphysics of love and hate, a truly and elusively enseamed `inside narrative'?
At one point he writes that Baudrillard's presumption is founded on the following principle: "that originality rests exclusively in the experience of a particular group of people, a people rooted in some spirit beyond what might be appreciated by others, in some mysterious relationship to which one might only refer elusively, using terms like 'Americans' or 'French'" (115-16).
Yeazell's commentary is very good, but she is apt to write about the |facts' of the fictions James so elusively presents as if they were real-world facts.
This makes Bengston's art at once instantly recognizable and elusively uncategorizable.
The ball was swiftly recycled and moved along the line for Sam Smith to run elusively before being hauled down just short of the line.
It has been repeatedly reproduced and exhibited, attracting effusions such as 'one of his most elusively atmospheric drawings' and 'one of the most sensuously painted watercolours [he] ever created'.
Concannon and his bandmate John Parker remain elusively famous despite their chart hit success and the Benny Hill-style chasing by slavering record companies which were shunned in favour of artistic independence and forming their own label.
But with its British schoolboy banter and dense references to the Western canon, it is also persuasively, sometimes elusively, British.
Nonetheless, I came away from the book with a fuller appreciation of how elusively the English language could be used.
There, under the beady gaze of the strutting Uriah Rennie, he handled the ball to deny Luis Garcia a goal, but did it so elusively that the officials missed his heroics, unlike the TV cameras.
With fly-half Morgan West pulling the strings cleverly and centre Ashley Smith running elusively, the Gwent school outscored their Aberdare opponents by five tries to one.
Not only that, but many a movie that did not match the high standards set by ``Minority Report,'' ``Insomnia,'' ``Lilo & Stitch'' or ``One Hour Photo'' boasted outstanding performances, comic ingenuity or even that most common yet elusively satisfying of summer pleasures: slam-bang action scenes that were actually thrilling to watch.
If Les instants is, perhaps, the most subtle and elusively complex of Risset's collections to date, it remains equally her most lyrically searching without surrendering a luminous, uplifted gaze upon the other, "unthinkable and again / unthinkable.
He described Katz's art as standing "a little elusively by itself" with "allegiances all over the field.
In "Venus Surrounded by Mirrors, Reflecting Her in Different Views," the book's sixth chapter, McGann considers Rossetti's many lifelong attempts to realize the elusively narcissistic subject of "Venus surrounded by mirrors, reflecting her in different views" (a description he jotted down in a notebook in 1870), and construes favorably the absence of geometrical perspective in his work as a prismatic attempt to draw the viewer "into the painting at different angles" (p.