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Wednesday, January 27

Adumbrate

[ə-DUM-brayt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

Report or represent in outline.

2.

Foreshadow or symbolize.

Examples of Adumbrate in a sentence

"Mark adumbrated his findings in an engaging presentation."

"When reading a mystery, you can usually spot clues to adumbrate the solution."

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About Adumbrate

Adumbrate developed from the Latin word "adumbrat" (shaded), which is composed of the intensifier "ad" and the word "umbrare" (to cast a shadow).

Did you Know?

Mystery writers know how to adumbrate. Foreshadowing is a storytelling technique where audiences are provided with clues to the future of the story. Particularly observant audience members can figure out plot twists from even the smallest hints.

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