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Prelusive

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Prelusive Of the nature of a prelude; introductory; indicating that something of a like kind is to follow. "Prelusive drops."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prelusive Serving as a prelude; introductory; indicative of the future; premonitory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Prelusive of the nature of a prelude: introductory
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Prelude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Late L. præludium—L. præ, before, ludĕre, to play.

Usage

In literature:

Then some vaguely prelusive lines.
"The Epic" by Lascelles Abercrombie
May the tradition not be a prelusion or a reflex of that man-crushing monster?
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
So sudden and so early a prelusion of summer, it was generally feared, could not last.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2" by Thomas de Quincey
At Raritan and New Brunswick, in New Jersey, and elsewhere, there had been prelusive gleams of dawn.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
During an entire generation they furnished the arena for the prelusive strife of that war.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
The lights seemed dim, my voice sounded far away, there was a tumult in my senses that was prelusive of fainting.
"All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Loke was the cause of the former prelusive war.
"Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3" by Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
In prelusive ways, it has wrought in the world from its foundation, and since the fall of man.
"The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians" by G. G. Findlay
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In poetry:

There is a soft and fragrant hour,
Sweet, fresh, reviving in its power;
'Tis when a ray
Steals from the veil of parting night,
And by its mild prelusive light
Foretells the day.
"Dawn" by Sydney Owenson