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Definitions of prefigure

  1. To show or declare beforehand by a type or symbol; to imagine to oneself beforehand. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To figure beforehand: to suggest by antecedent representation or by types. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To suggest beforehand by a figure or type. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. imagine or consider beforehand; "It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. PREFIGUREMENT, PREFIGURATION. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To exhibit by antecedent representation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To show in antecedent types or similitudes; to foreshadow. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Prefiguration. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for prefigure

  1. The great Tyrone dying in exile at Rome, Red Hugh O'Donnell perishing in Spain in the early days of the seventeenth century, were to prefigure the fighting and dying of half a million Irish warriors on continental soil for a hundred years after the fall of Limerick as the seventeenth century neared its close. – The Glories of Ireland by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
  2. If Schopenhauer is less unsympathetic in his references to Schelling, that is because Schelling's world- soul appeared to him to prefigure his own attempt to discover in nature the manifestation of a blindly striving will or feeling rather than reason. – Schopenhauer by Thomas Whittaker
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