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  • v  imagine or consider beforehand
    It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured
  • v  indicate by signs

  • Paintings like this one of him in his shop often made use of a woodworking context to prefigure the nailing of Christ to the Cross at the Crucifixion.
  • Do they prefigure Rothko's suicide in 1970? We don't know.
  • Similarly, the current death throes of the housing market may prefigure an eventual rebirth, but in the meantime, falling prices and rising foreclosures are still wreaking havoc .
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  • “No One Should Get a Free Pass….”
    Thanks to Cato’s Caleb Brown for this graphic reminder of then-candidate Barack Obama’s hairpin backflip on the question of telecom immunity —one that was to prefigure his backflips on a long list of other surveillance and civil liberties issues.
    June 12, 2013 - Cato Institute

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