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[pawr-trey-uh l, pohr-] /pɔrˈtreɪ əl, poʊr-/
the act of portraying.
a portrait.
1840-50; portray + -al2
Related forms
misportrayal, noun
nonportrayal, noun
preportrayal, noun Unabridged
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  • It is possible in real life neither fully tragic nor fully comic is a more realistic portrayal.
  • The portrayal of the mountain changes in every print.
  • See each student's historic portrayal in this photo gallery.
  • Thank you for presenting a portrayal of this northwest family business.
  • Shore brought the husky voice and comic skills of a fine character actor to his portrayal.
  • The portrayal to me was biased, focused only on the evil side, and missed the point completely.
  • The key to the success of these types of works is their convincing and logical portrayal of the probable outcome.
  • Their portrayal of the mob scene at the end became incredibly intense.
  • The movie's portrayal of a romantically-challenged animal keeper places the vocation itself in a fairly precarious position.
  • Few have ever equalled him in the portrayal of the sordid, every-day realities of poverty.
Word Origin and History for portrayal

1834, from portray + -al (2). The idea formerly was expressed by portray (n.), 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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