"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


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


[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 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


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 depictions



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



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

Word Value for depictions

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with depictions