- to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
- to foreshadow; prefigure.
- to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.
Origin of adumbrate
Related Words for adumbratesketch, darken, outline, intimate, mist, suggest, portend, indicate, foretell, augur, obscure, obfuscate, bode, cloud
Examples from the Web for adumbrate
Historical Examples of adumbrate
There had, in truth, scarcely yet been time enough to adumbrate the possibilities opened up by this gentleman's return.A Laodicean
But it is now time to state, or rather faintly to adumbrate, the grand assumption of this singular work.
Feeble is human speech to deal with such high matters, serving, at the best, but dimly to adumbrate ineffable truths.
One could adumbrate triumph or disaster by the effort, sustained or otherwise, made by them.The Soul of Susan Yellam
Horace Annesley Vachell
A type is a symbol appointed by God to adumbrate something higher in the future, which is called the antitype.Companion to the Bible
E. P. Barrows
- to outline; give a faint indication of
- to foreshadow
- to overshadow; obscure
Word Origin for adumbrate
Word Origin and History for adumbrate
"to outline, to sketch," 1580s, from Latin adumbratus "sketched, shadowed in outline," past participle of adumbrare "to represent (a thing) in outline" (see adumbration). Meaning "to overshadow" is 1660s. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating.