adumbration

adumbrate

[a-duhm-breyt, ad-uhm-breyt]
verb (used with object), adumbrated, adumbrating.
1.
to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
2.
to foreshadow; prefigure.
3.
to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin adumbrātus shaded (past participle of adumbrāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + umbr(a) shade, shadow + -ātus -ate1

adumbration, noun
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adumbrate (ˈædʌmˌbreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to outline; give a faint indication of
2.  to foreshadow
3.  to overshadow; obscure
 
[C16: from Latin adumbrātus represented only in outline, from adumbrāre to cast a shadow on, from umbra shadow]
 
adum'bration
 
n
 
adumbrative
 
adj
 
ad'umbratively
 
adv

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adumbration
1530s, from L. adumbrationem (nom. adumbratio) "a sketch in shadow, sketch, outline," from adumbratus, pp. of adumbrare "to cast a shadow, overshadow, represent (a thing) in outline," from ad- "to" + umbrare "to cast in shadow," from PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage).

adumbrate
"to outline, to sketch," 1580s, from L. adumbrat-, pp. stem of adumbrare "to cast a shadow," also "to represent (a thing) in outline" (see adumbration).
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