adumbration

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Etymology[edit]

From the Latin adumbrātiō, from adumbrō.

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Noun[edit]

adumbration (plural adumbrations)

  1. (obsolete, art) Shading.
  2. A faint sketch; an outline, a brief representation.
  3. (figuratively) A rough or symbolic representation of something.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 238:
      The merest adumbration of an apology on Baron Veen's part would clinch the matter with a token of gracious finality.
  4. (heraldry) The shadow or outline of a figure.
  5. (literature) A vague indication of what is to come.