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.
Related forms pre·fig·ur·a·tive , [pree- fig-yer- uh-tiv] /priˈfɪg yər ə tɪv/ adjective pre·fig·ur·a·tive·ly, adverb pre·fig·ur·a·tive·ness, noun pre·fig·ure·ment, noun un·pre·fig·ured, adjective
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Related Words for prefigurement augury
foretoken Examples from the Web for prefigurement Historical Examples of prefigurement
prefigurement of the Wandering Jew, each day he moved on.
prefigurement was at any point vague it was none the less arresting.
In each of these existences the larva or mask is the
prefigurement of the succeeding existence.
It was not quite easy to see why this had been the case—it had not been precisely Peter's own
prefigurement. British Dictionary definitions for prefigurement verb (tr) to represent or suggest in advance to imagine or consider beforehand Derived Forms prefigurement, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefigurement v.
early 15c., from Late Latin
praefigurare "to prefigure," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + figurare "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)). Related: Prefigured; prefiguring.
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