View synonyms for adumbration


[ ad-uhm-brey-shuhn ]


  1. a shadow or faint image of something:

    In the south, where the Tibetan plateau begins its gradual rise, we can just glimpse the hazy adumbration of its mountains above the undulating horizon.

  2. a foreshadowing of or precursor to something:

    Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy of 1808 serves in every way as an adumbration of the Ninth Symphony.

    The essay is a fascinating adumbration of an idea that would become the author’s obsession six months later.

  3. concealment or overshadowing:

    The haunting tune reflects the sad adumbration of the heroine’s emotional priorities as she rejects her prospective lover.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of adumbration1

First recorded in 1530–1540; adumbrat(e) ( def ) + -ion ( def )

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Example Sentences

But Sanjay seems today like an adumbration, rather than the acme, of authoritarian possibilities in India.

She would give things to the girls—he had a private adumbration of that; expensive Parisian, perhaps not perfectly useful, things.

What was subconscious became conscious, what, back in the past, was a mere adumbration gloried out in Aurora splendours.

There seems to be little adumbration of the dark marginal lines of asper in populations from the lower Mississippi River drainage.

However, the soul evidently gave a form to this adumbration from the very beginning of things.

Our present life, in which we are not united with the divinity, is only a trace or adumbration of real life.