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  • adj. Showing by prefiguration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Showing by prefiguration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Showing by previous figures, types, or similitude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. indistinctly prophetic


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  • In doing so, we are following a process known as prefigurative politics - or as Obama supporters might say, we are seeking to "be the change" that we envision for the world. - News for the rest of us

  • In other words, if such concepts were practiced by businesses or housing co-ops or communes, I think this is effective in the sense that individuals are creating the social relationships they want to see in the new world, one example of many what might be called prefigurative politics.

  • For revolutionary syndicalists, the development of a mass workers movement where the organizations and struggles are "self-managed" by the workers themselves is "prefigurative" of a society self-managed by the working class.

    Anarchist news dot org - Comments

  • The old Ark of the Covenant is a prefigurative type of Mary—it was considered by the Israelites as a very holy object, something so holy that no one could touch it!

    Archive 2008-09-28

  • Though the Bible from Philo Judaeus and Augustine on needs exegetical glossing, it remains the Word of God, the Old linked to the New through prefigurative typology.


  • Passion, as containing Christ crucified; consequently it could not be instituted before the Incarnation; but then there was room for only such sacraments as were prefigurative of the Lord's Passion.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • She, that would not suffer at his birth even a prefigurative or mimic degradation for her awful ward, far less could be supposed to suffer the real degradation attaching to the non-development of his powers.

    Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow

  • Let us whose souls were sealed with the blood of Christ in the day of redemption, with spiritual exultation, prophetically, draw the holy blood that is flowing unto us from the source of martyrdom, and is prefigurative both of the life-bringing passion of the Saviour and of the eternal glory; let us therefore cry unto Him: Thou that art glorified in thy saints, O

    The General Menaion or the Book of Services Common to the Festivals of our Lord Jesus of the Holy Virgin and of Different Orders of Saints

  • Like all the cottagers in Blackmoor Vale, Tess was steeped in fancies and prefigurative superstitions; she thought this an ill omen -- the first she had noticed that day.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • At that time Mithridates is said to have had a dream prefigurative of what was to befall him.

    The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch; being parts of the "Lives" of Plutarch, edited for boys and girls


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