• WordNet 3.6
    • v prefigure indicate by signs "These signs bode bad news"
    • v prefigure imagine or consider beforehand "It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Prefigure To show, suggest, or announce, by antecedent types and similitudes; to foreshadow. "Whom all the various types prefigured ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prefigure To represent beforehand; show by previous types or figures; foreshow; presage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prefigure prē-fig′ūr to represent beforehand: to suggest by former types or figures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. préfigurer, or L. praefigurare, praefiguratum,; prae, before + figurare, to figure. See Figure, and cf. Prefigurate


In literature:

His career it would be difficult to prefigure.
"The House of the Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It seemed to prefigure failure.
"A Pair of Blue Eyes" by Thomas Hardy
A shop girl was the destiny prefigured for the newcomer.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
But hardly anything else went as he had dimly prefigured it.
"The Market-Place" by Harold Frederic
She had really prefigured the possibility of a shock that would send him swinging back to Mrs. Newsome.
"The Ambassadors" by Henry James
Of course, he might easily have prefigured as much; but it had never occurred to him.
"The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy
Together they prefigured not only Wisdom and generative power, but evil as well.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
I had prefigured to myself a very different personage.
"Wieland; or The Transformation" by Charles Brockden Brown
Of course all this is foreshadowed and prefigured in my books.
"De Profundis" by Oscar Wilde
In all the previous rounds Genevieve had not seen Joe's fighting face which had been prefigured to her that morning in the department store.
"The Game" by Jack London

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.