meaning of adumbration

adumbration meaning in General Dictionary

The act of adumbrating or shadowing forth

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  • the act of offering vague advance indications; representing beforehand
  • a sketchy or imperfect or light representation
  • The work of adumbrating, or shadowing forth.
  • a light sketch; an overview; an imperfect portrayal or representation of a thing.
  • The shadow or outlines of a figure.

adumbration meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, from Latin adumbrationem (nominative adumbratio) "a design in shadow, sketch, overview," noun of activity from previous participle stem of adumbrare "to cast a shadow, overshadow, express (something) in overview," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + umbrare "to throw in shadow," from PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage).


adumbration meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The act of adumbrating, or shadowing forth.

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  • (n.) A faint sketch; an overview; an imperfect portrayal or representation of something.
  • (letter.) The shadow or outlines of a figure.

Sentence Examples with the word adumbration

With this may be compared a passage in the Ursprung der Sprache, where there is a curious adumbration of Spencer's idea that intelligence, as distinguished from instinct, arises from a growing complexity of action, or, to use Herder's words, from the substitution of a more for a less contracted sphere.

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