to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
to foreshadow; prefigure.
to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.
But Sanjay seems today like an adumbration, rather than the acme, of authoritarian possibilities in India.
Hold Onto Your Penis David Frum, Justin Green November 28, 2012
Newman was the true priest, and Froude recognized his genius and that his soul was “an adumbration of the Divine.”
Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15 Various
On the evolutionist interpretation this is an adumbration of the actual genealogical tree or Stammbaum.
Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
Here has been seen an adumbration of natural selection: he himself admits the difficulty he has in making it clear.
Schopenhauer Thomas Whittaker
We get thus far in the adumbration of Essentia that it is the subject of all predicates, but never itself a predicate.
Aristotle George Grote
But an image is but an image still, and can be but an adumbration or shadow of the true Perfect Being.
The Existence of God Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
You cannot do it; unless indeed in Isaac’s Sacrifice you are content to find the adumbration of the scene on Calvary.
Inspiration and Interpretation John Burgon
Every nerve centre must be prepared to express any adumbration of plasticity.
The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
There is no explanation, for instance, in calling beauty an adumbration of divine attributes.
The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
Men never move to the adumbration of general right until the conquest of political rights has been proved inadequate.
Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham Harold J. Laski
to outline; give a faint indication of
to overshadow; obscure
1530s, from Latin adumbrationem (nominative adumbratio) “a sketch in shadow, sketch, outline,” noun of action from past participle stem of adumbrare “to cast a shadow, overshadow, represent (a thing) in outline,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + umbrare “to cast in shadow,” from PIE *andho- “blind, dark” (see umbrage).
“to outline, to sketch,” 1580s, from Latin adumbratus “sketched, shadowed in outline,” past participle of adumbrare “to represent (a thing) in outline” (see adumbration). Meaning “to overshadow” is 1660s. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating.
foreshadowing; sketchy; faintly indicative.
adummim the red ones, a place apparently on the road between Jericho and Jerusalem, “on the south side of the torrent” Wady Kelt, looking toward Gilgal, mentioned Josh. 15:7; 18:17. It was nearly half-way between Jerusalem and Jericho, and now bears the name of Tal-at-ed-Dumm. It is supposed to have been the place referred to […]
curved inward; hooked.
dried or darkened as by heat. burned; scorched. Archaic. gloomy in appearance or mood. Historical Examples Go, ye Chimeras, with your magnetic vellum; sweet young Chimera, adust middle-aged one! The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle He was tired and adust with long riding; but he did not go home. Romola George Eliot adust, a-dust′, adj. burnt […]
a town in N Ethiopia: Italians defeated 1896. Historical Examples It is called in Bornou, bitu; and in Haussa, Aduwa and tinku, both tree and fruit. Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2 James Richardson noun a town in N Ethiopia: Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italians here […]