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Definition of the noun adumbration

What does adumbration mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adumbrations

  1. the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
  2. a sketchy or imperfect or faint representation
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: representation = a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

Alternative definition of the noun adumbration


  1. [obsolete, arts] Shading.
  2. A faint sketch; an outline, a brief representation.
  3. [figuratively] A rough or symbolic representation of something.
  4. [heraldry] The shadow or outline of a figure.


Adumbration a.k.a. Foreshadowing or guessing ahead is a literary device by which an author hints what is to come. It is used to avoid disappointment, and sometimes used to arouse readers.

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Google previewWinsome Whelp (2014)

by Marie Carnegie

An adumbration is an augury, a feeling of foreboding. Clairvoyance is the ability to predict the future. Portentous isforeboding. Tobetoken is to be a sign of, indicate. Anauspice is anaugur. Toadumbrate is toaugur, is to bode. Tobetoken is to be ...

Google previewThe Development of Husserl’s Thought (2012)

by Th. de Boer

The adumbration is an experience. But the experience is only possible as experience, and not as Something spatial. However, that which is adumbrated, in principle, is possible only as something spatial – it is even spatial in essence – and is ...

Google previewA New Dictionary of Heraldry ... Containing All the Rules of Blazon ... (1739)

by James Coats

ADUMBRATION is a shadowing; and when any Figure is born so shadowed, or obscur'd, as that nothing but the bare Purfile, or (as Painters {ay) the Out-line is visible, such is faid to be a- dumbrated. In Latin, Adumbratus. As this Form of ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Husserl's Philosophy (2007)

by John J. Drummond

ADUMBRATION (Abschattung). An object is perceived in a certain spatial perspective or under a certain aspect or with a certain shading. The perspective, aspect, or shading is an adumbration, a partial disclosure of the object. The perceived ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

Adumbration applies to something that is so faint or obscure a figure, sketch, or outline of something which ...

Google previewAn universal etymological English dictionary ... The twenty first edition, etc (1775)

ADUMBRATION, a Shadowing. In Painting, a Sketch or rough Draught of a Pićture. L. ADUMBRATION [in Heraldry] an abfolute taking away of the Charge or Thing borne, fo that nothing of it remains but the bire Proportion of the Out-lines.

Google previewAn Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1731)

... by N. Bailey, ... by Nathan Bailey

ADUMBRATION, a Shadowing. In Painting, a Sketch or lo'igh Draught of a Picture ADUMBRATION [ in Heraldry ] an absolute taking away of the Charge or Thing born, so that nothing of it remains but the bare Proportion of the out Lines.

Google previewA Lexicon of Economics (2005)

by Phyllis Deane, Professor of Economic History Phyllis Deane, Jessica Kuper

Adumbration of a theory of comparative advantage in international trade ( principles, all editions) and of the possibility of net labour displacing accumulation (Principles, third edition) constitute further distinctive Ricardian contributions.

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

adrenal crisis adrenal glands adrenaline adrenal shock adrenocorticotrophic hormone adsorption adult dental health survey adumbration advanced life support adventitia adventitious adverse effect aerobic aerodontalgia aerodontia aerosol ...

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Adumbration Meaning

Video shows what adumbration means. Shading.. A faint sketch; an outline, a brief representation.. A rough or symbolic representation of something.

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