- 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 depicting
Do you worry about glorifying war, even inadvertently, by depicting it as something sacrosanct?The Veteran Who Took Home the National Book Award
November 25, 2014
Rose [the main character in “The Cryptozoologist”] and I have kind of the same job, which is depicting this valley.Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
For the last twenty years, the LGBT equality movement has focused on depicting LGBT lives as they are.Kirk Cameron Changes His Tune on Same-Sex Marriage
May 28, 2014
Fleiss makes the film as a devotee would, depicting Weir in a saintly glow.Bob Weir on Drugged-Out Deadheads and Living in Jerry Garcia’s Shadow
April 25, 2014
Are there any war movies that you feel have done a good job of depicting the plight of the soldier?J.J. Abrams on ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ the Mission Continues & More
May 15, 2013
At least to this extent, then, Shakespeare used Marlowe in depicting Richard's character.The Man Shakespeare
So far I have been depicting the development of Darwin's work on the descent of man.Evolution in Modern Thought
By depicting them as much worse than they were, not, as you suppose, much better.Crotchet Castle
Thomas Love Peacock
In depicting the manner of this education Dickens rather overshoots the mark.Victorian Worthies
George Henry Blore
In depicting his characters, he strikes a note of idealistic beauty.Woman's Work in Music
- 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 depicting
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