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adumbration

[ ad-uhm-brey-shuhn ]
/ ˌæd əmˈbreɪ ʃən /
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noun
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.
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.
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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Origin of adumbration

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