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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of prefigure.


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  • Christ's death is represented as the sacrifice for sin prefigured by the Jewish sacrifices, compare Ro 3: 22-26; 1Co 5: 7, with

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Kraus, who says the Times' op-ed page "prefigured" the blogosphere by three decades by inviting non-staffers to submit content, figured the op-ed editor Charlotte Curtis would allow Levine's drawing, because it was not nearly as critical as Pfaff's copy.

    Menachem Wecker: Kissinger Controversy Recalls Provocative Art Piece

  • For God hath abrogated his own (not only such as prefigured

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Any novel of Nazi Germany or fascist Italy is prefigured in miniature in Stendhal's "Charterhouse of Parma."

    In the World of Night and Fog

  • The debates in 1991 prefigured similar debates in 2003, with the difference that they were more openly contested in 1991, but suppressed by "group-think" in 2003.

    Geoffrey Wawro: Desert Storm Turns Twenty: What Really Happened in 1991, and Why it Matters, Part II of II

  • In a passage often commented upon, Thucydides wrote of the seesaw battle in Corcyra Corfu in 433 BCE, which prefigured the larger war.


  • For Augustine, the murder that founded the first earthly city prefigured another misdeed, the founding of Rome.


  • World War I followed on the heels of the Balkan wars of 1912 and 1913, which prefigured not only the subsequent atrocities of the twentieth century but its fraternal violence.


  • Via Dave Lull, a link to a strange article in the New York Times Dot Com: Borges and the Foreseeable Future, in which it is suggested, in all apparent seriousness, that Jorge Luis Borges "uniquely, bizarrely, prefigured the World Wide Web".


  • In a sequence of frightening events that prefigured the global financial crisis of 2008, a series of Asian economies were hit by capital flight, collapsing currencies, defaulting loans, folding businesses, and, finally, catastrophic-sounding collapses in economic output.

    Zero-Sum Future


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