9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for depicting
  • Finally, e-mail rejection risks depicting the selection process as a processing plant.
  • He took great care to ensure accuracy and had a gift for depicting the three-dimensionality and movement of molecules.
  • Flow chart depicting evolutionary events that, combined, led to sauropod gigantism.
  • Wain is especially successful at depicting ram-cats.
  • Imagination is the power of depicting, and fancy of evoking and combining.
  • Give each student a pair of pictures, each depicting a different ecosystem.
  • Ask students to draw two hypothetical satellite images for each location depicting the two possible scenarios they have described.
  • Among the objects found among his bones was a small rectangular ceramic seal depicting a jackal and nine bound captives.
  • Have students plan and perform short skits depicting the water cycle.
  • Today, a mural depicting a jumping elephant is painted on the wall of a building close to where the incident took place.
British Dictionary definitions for depicting


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for depicting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for depict

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for depicting

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with depicting