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Friday, October 24, 2008

Definitions for limn

  1. To depict by drawing or painting.
  2. To portray in words; to describe.

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Citations for limn
Oh, yes, I write, as I limn the familiar perfections of his profile, "you look very well." Kimberly Elkins, The Atlantic
In telling these people's stories Mr. Butler draws upon the same gifts of empathy and insight, the same ability to limn an entire life in a couple of pages. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
Origin of limn
late Middle English
Limn is from Middle English limnen, alteration of luminen, from enluminen, from Medieval French enluminer, from Late Latin illuminare, "to illuminate," ultimately from Latin lumen, "light."