Adumbrate is a formal word for giving a general idea or description of something without any details.
It has the following meanings:
- to outline
- to give a faint indication
- to foreshadow
- to overshadow or obscure
Adumbrate is a verb but there are other forms available to you: the noun is adumbration, the adjective is adumbrative and the adverb is adumbratively.
The OED lists the first recorded usage of adumbrate as occurring in 1537:
“You as fore runners, dydde adumbrate Christis passion.” Erasmus’ Comparation Vyrgin & Martyr, Thomas Paynell (translator).
I picked it as this week’s interesting word primarily because of its Latin origins. The Latin adumbrat- means ‘shaded’, and is from the verb adumbrare. Ad- means ‘to’ and umbrare means ‘cast a shadow’.
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And I was thinking when the hotel told me it was $800 per night that was adumbrate. Thanks for clarifying.
Well, that amount would certainly cast a shadow for me.
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