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depiction

[dih-pik-shuh n] /dɪˈpɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
representation in image form, as in a painting or illustration:
Picasso's painting Guernica is an accurate depiction of the horrors of war.
2.
representation or characterization in words:
Mark Twain's letters are a clear depiction of his life and times.
3.
an act or instance of depicting.

depict

[dih-pikt] /dɪˈpɪkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
2.
to represent or characterize in words; describe.
Origin
1625-1635
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
Synonyms
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.
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Examples for depictions
  • But there was no stopping the hordes that responded to the novel's depictions.
  • We constantly come across depictions of lung cancer in anti-smoking ads.
  • We should probably also not entertain ourselves with depictions of violence and the taking of life.
  • Laws are usually mathematical depictions of regular behavior of some aspect of nature.
  • Among the first drawings are depictions of the hunt.
  • Links literary and artistic depictions of peasants' clothing and transgressive behavior to elite anxieties.
  • Its revenues would come from retailers who want to add depictions of their stores' interiors.
  • There are some extremely harrowing depictions of animal testing in the film.
  • But all of those early depictions and predictions of nomadism arguably missed the point.
  • Filmic depictions often involve a small group of individuals under siege from the undead or fleeing a flesh-eating mob.
British Dictionary definitions for depictions

depict

/dɪˈpɪkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
2.
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 depictions

depict

v.

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.

depiction

n.

1680s, from French depiction, from Late Latin depictionem (nominative depictio) "painting, description," noun of action from Latin depictus (see depict).

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