• WordNet 3.6
    • n prefiguration the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
    • n prefiguration an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prefiguration The act of prefiguring, or the state of being prefigured. "A variety of prophecies and prefigurations ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prefiguration The act of prefiguring, or the state of being prefigured; antecedent representation by similitude.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praefiguratio,


In literature:

He had tried feebly to prefigure this face, but never had his visioning approached the actual in its majestic, still beauty.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
With one you could definitely prefigure a man's degree of refinement; with the other the aesthetic color of his soul.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
The centre-piece is a new form, though prefigured in the central globe of zinc.
"Occult Chemistry" by Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
She prefigured her swarthy and obese.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
May it faintly prefigure the unending blackness of that eternal night you have chosen as your future portion.
"Ellen Walton" by Alvin Addison
In these two essential particulars the prophetical office truly prefigured Christ, its great Antitype.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
For this servant of my prefigurings proved to be a trooper, booted, spurred and armed.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
Thus the treachery of Judas is prefigured by the sale of Joseph by his brethren.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
That which makes the union of the sexes something almost divine is that it is the prefiguration, the symbol, of the union of souls.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
The early carts were taking their way down town through a blue haze, which in the country prefigured a golden day.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
In prefigurement of the Wandering Jew, each day he moved on.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
That night the enmity of the Indians was prefigured by a great glare suddenly springing into the sky.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
She recalled pleasant little incidents of the past, and prefigured a future when she would see him every day.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The Apostle has proved that a new covenant was promised through the prophet and prefigured in the tabernacle.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
The tableaux from the Old Testament prefiguring events in the New are absent also.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
The taming of the elements prefigures the general reconciliation.
"Modern Society" by Julia Ward Howe
The sacraments, too, were prefigured in the Old Testament.
"The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation" by Ernst Von Dobschutz
It was as though the death of Slatter prefigured to him what his own end would be.
"The Sea Bride" by Ben Ames Williams
These certainly prefigured what would be the character of a future Irish Parliament sitting in College Green.
"Present Irish Questions" by William O'Connor Morris
This impulse toward simplification was prefigured in his Angelina now hanging in the Luxembourg Gallery.
"Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning" by Willard Huntington Wright

In poetry:

SECOND SOLDIER. At all times
Great events, my lord, bring with them
Their own omens; and thy dream
But the actual fact prefigured.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
In Moses' rod a type they saw
Of his severe and fiery law;
The smitten rock prefigur'd Him
From whose pierc'd side all blessings stream.
"That Rock Was Christ" by John Newton
On Golgotha there grew a thorn
Round the long-prefigured Brows.
Mourn, O mourn!
For the vine have we the spine? Is this all the
Heaven allows?
"The Mistress Of Vision" by Francis Thompson

In news:

The collapse of the Soviet Union has been hailed by much of the Western press as prefiguring a new and hopeful era in contemporary history.
Claudio Sgarbi says he "was totally astonished" when he examined a manuscript including a drawing that seemed to prefigure Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.
He says that no single person can "lead" the General Assembly, which is "an open, horizontal, prefigurative democratic space.
Six weeks ago, a chief facilitator and grad-student named Matt told me that the occupation was a "horizontal, radical, open, transformative, prefigurative democratic space"—then explained how he chooses the speakers at General Assemblies.
"The most distinguishing character of anarchism for me is prefigurative politics — creating the new within the shell of the old," Adrej Grubacic, the new department head, told us.
They're not interested in the demonstrators' attempt to build a movement prefigurative of a radically consensual society (which could end up just as gridlocked as the US Senate).
This is what Antonio Gramsci called prefigurative struggle.