Definitions

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  • adj. partially shaded.
  • adj. shady, disreputable, dishonest

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or resembling a, penumbra; penumbra-like; partially dark.

Etymologies

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From New Latin penumbra.

Examples

  • Burns is translated to the fourth power by singing him -- without accompaniment -- just the whinnying of a tenor or soprano voice, vibrant with feeling and pathos, at the right time of the evening, or in some penumbrous atmosphere of seclusion where memory can work its miracles.

    The Dead Men's Song Being the Story of a Poem and a Reminiscent Sketch of its Author Young Ewing Allison

  • For the imagination sees the highway of mortal existence where it ends abruptly, penumbrous, flecked with shade from the heart-shaped leaves of the Tree of Life: and the shadow is the sign that we have come at last within the pale of the tree's mysterious whisperings.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • Sober and weighty the penumbrous atmosphere in which the young creator sits; but how calm, thoughtful, and beautiful the dim vision of his face, lit by the sheltered radiance of ethereal fancies!

    A Study Of Hawthorne

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