[ pree-fig-yuh-rey-shuh n, pree-fig- ]
/ priˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən, ˌpri fɪg- /


the act of prefiguring.
that in which something is prefigured.

Origin of prefiguration

1350–1400; Middle English prefiguracioun < Late Latin praefigūrātiōn- (stem of praefigūrātiō), equivalent to praefigūrāt(us) (past participle of praefigūrāre to prefigure) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prefiguration

  • "This prefiguration of the Word by Noah is certainly curious," remarked Durtal.

    The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The very resolution of those “splashes of colour” into faces is the prefiguration of the modern conception of form.

British Dictionary definitions for prefiguration


/ (ˌpriːfɪɡəˈreɪʃən) /


the act of prefiguring
something that prefigures, such as a prototype

Derived Forms

prefigurative, adjectiveprefiguratively, adverbprefigurativeness, noun
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