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prefiguration

[pree-fig-yuh-rey-shuh n, pree-fig-] /priˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən, ˌpri fɪg-/
noun
1.
the act of prefiguring.
2.
that in which something is prefigured.
Origin of prefiguration
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English prefiguracioun < Late Latin praefigūrātiōn- (stem of praefigūrātiō), equivalent to praefigūrāt(us) (past participle of praefigūrāre to prefigure) + -iōn- -ion
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  • "This prefiguration of the Word by Noah is certainly curious," remarked Durtal.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The very resolution of those “splashes of colour” into faces is the prefiguration of the modern conception of form.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
British Dictionary definitions for prefiguration

prefiguration

/ˌpriːfɪɡəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of prefiguring
2.
something that prefigures, such as a prototype
Derived Forms
prefigurative, adjective
prefiguratively, adverb
prefigurativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefiguration
n.

late 14c., from Late Latin praefigurationem (nominative praefiguratio), noun of action from past participle stem of praefigurare "to prefigure" (see prefigure).

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