- 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 depicted
The petroleum industry has depicted fracking as a few antiseptic drills dug on peaceful farmland.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
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Paris as depicted by contemporary photography appears… lackluster.A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
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In it, the firebrand Republican senator from Texas is depicted as a kid-friendly “passionate fighter for limited government.”Ted Cruz saves America in This Right-Wing Coloring Book
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In The Theory of Everything, the “master of the universe” is depicted as a gentle man and loving—albeit conflicted—husband.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims
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Mystics are often depicted as being one with nature and having a strong relationship with animals.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
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In his fight with Cloten he is depicted as a rare swordsman of wonderful magnanimity.The Man Shakespeare
Stupefaction was depicted on the major's face, and he became livid.My Double Life
But there are other cases such as that depicted by Brieux in "Les Avariés."The Sexual Question
Then everywhere was consternation; dumb, deep rage was depicted on every countenance.The Downfall
Here is the Man of the Hour, depicted in all his naked realism.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
- 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 depicted
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