- 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 adumbrationomen, trace, hint, signal, sign, warning, symptom, suggestion, manifestation, implication, reminder, inkling, expression, explanation, gesture, proof, announcement, news, leak, discovery
Examples from the Web for adumbration
Contemporary Examples of adumbration
But Sanjay seems today like an adumbration, rather than the acme, of authoritarian possibilities in India.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
Historical Examples of adumbration
Every nerve centre must be prepared to express any adumbration of plasticity.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
An exquisite pose, girlish, fascinating, yet carrying with it an adumbration of power.Captain Macedoine's Daughter
Newman was the true priest, and Froude recognized his genius and that his soul was "an adumbration of the Divine."
You cannot do it; unless indeed in Isaac's Sacrifice you are content to find the adumbration of the scene on Calvary.Inspiration and Interpretation
We get thus far in the adumbration of Essentia that it is the subject of all predicates, but never itself a predicate.Aristotle
- to outline; give a faint indication of
- to foreshadow
- to overshadow; obscure
Word Origin for adumbrate
1530s, from Latin adumbrationem (nominative adumbratio) "a sketch in shadow, sketch, outline," noun of action from past participle stem of adumbrare "to cast a shadow, overshadow, represent (a thing) in outline," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + umbrare "to cast in shadow," from PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage).
"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.