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  • verb Present participle of adumbrate.


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  • Let me close, then, by adumbrating one particularly forceful instance of anti-Liberal and anti-progressive thinking, namely,

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  • (The incomparable Jenny Diski wondered: "He may have been adumbrating not advocating, but is there another way to describe patronising and smug?")

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  • But I'll take a shot at adumbrating what Santa Teresa cheese is like.

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  • But I'll take a shot at adumbrating what Santa Teresa cheese is like.

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  • Few can equal him in adumbrating the nearness of nameless forces and monstrous besieging entities through casual hints and insignificant details, or in conveying feelings of the spectral and the abnormal in connection with regions or buildings.

    William Hope Hodgson

  • So far, critics have pretty much confined themselves either to discovering its various antecedents (besides the obvious Dunsany tales "Idle Days on the Yann" and "Time and the Gods" again) or adumbrating on its main (and equally obvious) theme.

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  • Television cameramen closed in unrelentlessly on Andre's mask of anguish, adumbrating the end of a great career on the courts.

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  • As a rural policeman, not a big-city detective, he was not used to prospective prisoners arguing so eloquently and adumbrating pictures of potential disaster that infiltrated his stomach with butterflies.

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  • In three centuries, already some outline has been sketched, rudely adumbrating the future settlement destined for the planet, some infant castrametation has been marked out for the future encampment of nations.

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  • For now they were all very full of the approaching constitutional crisis, and were adumbrating in respectful, yet slightly menacing terms, what the King himself would do in the matter.

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