- to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type; foreshadow.
- to picture or represent to oneself beforehand; imagine.
Origin of prefigure
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Examples from the Web for prefigurement
In prefigurement of the Wandering Jew, each day he moved on.The Lords of the Ghostland
If the prefigurement was at any point vague it was none the less arresting.Gideon's Band
George W. Cable
In each of these existences the larva or mask is the prefigurement of the succeeding existence.The Insect
It was not quite easy to see why this had been the case—it had not been precisely Peter's own prefigurement.The Tragic Muse
- to represent or suggest in advance
- to imagine or consider beforehand
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Word Origin and History for prefigurement
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