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[dih-pikt] /dɪˈpɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
to represent or characterize in words; describe.
Origin of depict
1625-35; < Latin dēpictus (past participle of dēpingere), equivalent to dē- de- + pic- past participle stem of pingere to paint + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
depicter, depictor, noun
depiction, noun
depictive, adjective
undepicted, adjective
well-depicted, adjective
1. reproduce, draw, paint, limn. 1, 2. Depict, portray, sketch imply a representation of an object or scene by colors or lines, or by words. Depict emphasizes vividness of detail: to depict the confusion of departure. Portray emphasizes faithful representation: We could not portray the anguish of the exiles. Sketch suggests the drawing of the outlines of the most prominent features or details, often in a preparatory way: to sketch the plans for a community development. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for depicted
  • Beware films with protagonists depicted as vastly more sensitive than their fellow characters.
  • The cartoons depicted several common positive ideas and fears about computers and the information superhighway, she said.
  • Unfortunately they failed to check the markings on the plane depicted.
  • Many of the figures are depicted in a sitting position, with their hands placed on their knees.
  • Dinosaurs as depicted in museums, movies and art today are sleek, brightly-colored and often feathered.
  • The disgusting-looking blob of rubbery coal you see depicted here is, in fact, a malleable magnet.
  • In the genetic maps, each chromosome is depicted as a line, and the landmarks are located along it.
  • Such maps depicted paradise as imaginatively and confidently as they did earthly topography.
  • The city is depicted as one of both great wealth-with a lot of people wearing jade jewelry-and great poverty.
  • depicted as a geometric shape, this pattern conforms to a donut-shaped figure known as a torus.
British Dictionary definitions for depicted


verb (transitive)
to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
to represent in words; describe
Derived Forms
depicter, depictor, noun
depiction, noun
depictive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēpingere, from pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for depicted



early 15c., from Latin depictus, past participle of depingere "to portray, paint, sketch; describe, imagine," from de- "down" (see de-) + pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Related: Depicted; depicting.

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