verb (used with object)
Origin of limn
Examples from the Web for limned
Why I even remember when Bill Frist was limned as some kind of great sage.
She knew it so well that she limned it in her forehead as faithfully as had the Chinese sabre in his.The Way of the Gods|John Luther Long
His cherished picture was hanging there and the lovely figure was limned as usual in living lines upon the paper.Romances of Old Japan|Yei Theodora Ozaki
In the faint moonlight that struggled through the clouds, the towers and spires of old Bannister were limned against the sky-line.T. Haviland Hicks Senior|J. Raymond Elderdice
The figures of the workers were limned grotesquely against the ruddy background with a startling and unreal absence of detail.The Voice of the People|Ellen Glasgow
No bondsman was he, nor foul to look upon, as painters have limned him after poets' foolish tales.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
Word Origin for limn
early 15c., "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from Middle English luminen, "to illuminate manuscripts" (late 14c.), from Old French luminer "light up, illuminate," from Latin luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (genitive luminis) "radiant energy, light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1590s. Related: Limned.