Synonyms for (adjective) elusive

Synonyms: elusive

Definition: skillful at eluding capture

Usage: a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist- David Kline

Similar words: artful

Definition: marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

Usage: the artful dodger; an artful choice of metaphors


Synonyms: elusive, tough, baffling, problematic, problematical, knotty

Definition: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

Usage: a baffling problem; I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast; a problematic situation at home

Similar words: difficult, hard

Definition: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

Usage: a difficult task; nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access; difficult times; why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?


Synonyms: elusive

Definition: difficult to describe

Usage: a haunting elusive odor

Similar words: unidentifiable

Definition: impossible to identify


Synonyms: elusive, subtle

Definition: difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

Usage: his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change; a subtle difference; that elusive thing the soul

Similar words: impalpable

Definition: imperceptible to the senses or the mind

Usage: an impalpable cloud; impalpable shadows; impalpable distinctions; as impalpable as a dream