To "adumbrate" (uh-DUM-brate) – from the Latin for "shadow" – is to foreshadow or give a sketchy outline.

Example (as used by T.S. Eliot in Notes Towards a Definition of Culture): "The way of looking at culture and religion which I have been trying to adumbrate is so difficult that I am not sure I grasp it myself except in flashes, or that I comprehend all its implications."

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