E*lude" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Eluding.] [L. eludere, elusum; e + ludere to play: cf. F. 'eluder. See Ludicrous.]
To avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle; as, to elude an officer; to elude detection, inquiry, search, comprehension; to elude the force of an argument or a blow.
Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain,
Then, hid in shades, eludes he eager swain.
The transition from fetichism to polytheism seems a gradual process of which the stages elude close definition.
Syn. -- To evade; avoid; escape; shun; eschew; flee; mock; baffle; frustrate; foil.
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