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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. To foreshadow.
2. To give a rough outline or to disclose partially.
3. To overshadow or obscure.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin umbra (shade, shadow), which also gave us the words umbrella, umbrage, and somber. Earliest documented use: 1599.
USAGE:"Mr Cameron should adumbrate painful decisions; he should sketch out the principles that will inform them; but he should not be drawn into spelling out what exactly they will be."
Coming Clean; The Economist (London, UK); Mar 26, 2009.
"To create her three-dimensional composition, Robin Osler variedly manipulated floor and ceiling planes so as to adumbrate virtual spaces."
Monica Geran; Shadow Play; Interior Design (New York); Apr 2000.
See more usage examples of adumbrate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. -Kenneth Tynan, critic and writer (1927-1980)