pre·​fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ (ˌ)prē-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce prefiguration (audio) , -gə- \

Definition of prefiguration

1 : the act of prefiguring : the state of being prefigured
2 : something that prefigures

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Other Words from prefiguration

prefigurative \ ˌprē-​ˈfi-​gyə-​rə-​tiv How to pronounce prefigurative (audio) , -​gə-​ \ adjective

Examples of prefiguration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pharaoh’s monotheism is presented as a prefiguration of the Abrahamic relationship between God and man. Mary Spencer, National Review, "Philip Glass’s Akhnaten Brings Ancient Egyptian Piety to Life," 14 Dec. 2019 Children, groups of friends, couples, and elderly people perch on the moon’s hook, beaming into the camera, acting out a carnivalesque prefiguration of the events of 1969. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "On Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, a new exhibition at the Met explores the moon's place in our cultural imagination.," 10 July 2019 Tragically truncated lives tend to be told in reverse, as narratives of inevitability, thick with prefigurations of death. Leah Ollman,, "Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea at age 33. His art still haunts," 5 July 2019 In other words, the bronze serpent is a prefiguration of Christ’s Crucifixion and the world’s salvation. Jason Farago, New York Times, "From Colonial Mexico, a Towering Vision of Grace," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of prefiguration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prefiguration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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