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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [a-duhm-breyt, ad-uh m-breyt]
    • /æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪt/
    • /ˌadəmbrˈeɪʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [a-duhm-breyt, ad-uh m-breyt]
    • /æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪt/

Definitions of adumbration word

  • verb with object adumbration to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch. 1
  • verb with object adumbration to foreshadow; prefigure. 1
  • verb with object adumbration to darken or conceal partially; overshadow. 1
  • noun adumbration (obsolete, arts) Shading. 1
  • noun adumbration (Obsolete (No longer in use)) (art) Shading. 0
  • noun adumbration A faint sketch; an outline, a brief representation. 0

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Origin of adumbration

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
1575-85; < Latin adumbrātus shaded (past participle of adumbrāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + umbr(a) shade, shadow + -ātus -ate1

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Parts of speech for Adumbration


adumbration popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

adumbration usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adumbration

noun adumbration

  • insignia — singular of insignia.
  • banner — A banner is a long strip of cloth with something written on it. Banners are usually attached to two poles and carried during a protest or rally.
  • symbol — something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.
  • trademark — any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate specific goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark is proprietary and is usually registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to assure its exclusive use by its owner or licensee.
  • coat of arms — The coat of arms of a family, town, or organization is a special design in the form of a shield that they use as a symbol of their identity.

Antonyms for adumbration

noun adumbration

  • information — knowledge communicated or received concerning a particular fact or circumstance; news: information concerning a crime.
  • heedless — careless; thoughtless; unmindful: Heedless of the danger, he returned to the burning building to save his dog.
  • lot — lot (def 14).
  • neglect — to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
  • misinformation — to give false or misleading information to.

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