[ pree-fig-yer ]
/ priˈfɪg yər /

verb (used with object), pre·fig·ured, pre·fig·ur·ing.

to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type; foreshadow.
to picture or represent to oneself beforehand; imagine.

Origin of prefigure

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin praefigūrāre. See pre-, figure (v.)

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prefigurement

  • If the prefigurement was at any point vague it was none the less arresting.

    Gideon's Band|George W. Cable
  • In each of these existences the larva or mask is the prefigurement of the succeeding existence.

    The Insect|Jules Michelet
  • It was not quite easy to see why this had been the case—it had not been precisely Peter's own prefigurement.

    The Tragic Muse|Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for prefigurement


/ (priːˈfɪɡə) /

verb (tr)

to represent or suggest in advance
to imagine or consider beforehand

Derived Forms

prefigurement, noun
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