1580s, "to outline, to sketch," from Latin adumbratus "sketched, shadowed in outline," also "feigned, unreal, sham, fictitious," past participle of adumbrare "cast a shadow over;" in painting, "to represent (a thing) in outline," from ad "to" (see ad-) + umbrare "to cast in shadow" (from PIE root *andho- "blind; dark;" see umbrage). The meaning "overshadow" is from 1660s in English. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating.
updated on September 15, 2022
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