- to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
- to represent or characterize in words; describe.
Origin of depict
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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 from the Web for depict
On the opposite end of the spectrum are two other standout works, which depict Mary as a loving, nurturing mother.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
The resultant pop culture is as morbid and contagious as the epidemics they depict.Ebola Rages in West Africa, Reigniting Humanity’s Oldest Fear: The Plague
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As a reward for her attempt to depict the consequences of online commenters, Gwyneth Paltrow has become their latest victim.Gwyneth Was Right: America Turned Communication Into a Weaponized Battlefield
June 1, 2014
The show tried to depict consensual sex between Jaime and Cersei Lannister—but messed up big time.Why We Should Pretend the ‘Game of Thrones’ Rape Scene Never Happened
May 4, 2014
These photos, which were shared by residents and local news outlets on Twitter, depict the chaos.Atlanta Is Frozen: See Photos of the Commute from Hell
January 29, 2014
Shakespeare is perfectly willing to depict Hotspur as scorning the arts.The Man Shakespeare
With what pencil and on what kind of plate could one depict it?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The painter would not depict every twig, as would the naturalist.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
I cannot depict to you my surprise at hearing him speak in this way.
With Joan at his side he moved in a mental paradise which no language could depict.The Golden Woman
- to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
- to represent in words; describe
C17: from Latin dēpingere, from pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for depict
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