- 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.
- to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
- to represent or characterize in words; describe.
Origin of depict
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Examples from the Web for depictions
While many of these depictions play into bisexual erasure, others reinforce harmful bisexual stereotypes.It Ain't Easy Being Bisexual on TV
August 14, 2014
These depictions tend to be rather, shall we say, pyrotechnic.‘The Leftovers’ Review: A Fever Dream You Can’t Wake Up From
June 29, 2014
Depictions of fatherhood on the flatscreen have also made notable progress recently.Is 2014 ‘Year of the Dad’?
June 9, 2014
So I was trying to reflect that and not avoid the uneasiness inherent in the depictions of different existences.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love
February 10, 2014
LGBT depictions on television have dropped from 4.4 percent to 3.3 percent.‘Glee’ Ratings Surge With Cory Monteith Tribute; Taylor Swift Still Searching For ‘Great Love’
October 11, 2013
- to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
- to represent in words; describe
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).