Adumbrate

September 25, 2008

ADUMBRATE – v. formal 1 give a faint or general idea of. > foreshadow 2 overshadow.

As I researched this word a little bit I discovered that several dictionaries could not come to clear consensus on the precise definition of this word.  Oxford and Webster agree pretty well, but the Wordnet definition doesn’t really resemble the Oxford at all.  And the American Heritage and Dictionary.com definitions include other meanings that Oxford doesn’t.  Interesting.  I think the word has developed some extra meaning in North America.

I’m sure you’ll find this fascinating.  Almost the only search results other than dictionary entries for this word were references to the computer game Everquest 2.  There is a quest in the game called The Mark of the Adumbrate.  Weird.

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