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word painting

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  1. an effective verbal description.
  2. tone painting.

Origin of word painting

First recorded in 1865–70
Related formsword painter, noun
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Examples from the Web for word painting

Historical Examples

  • I was a little scandalized at the idea of your calling the book "word-painting."

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

  • "We will take your word-painting instead," said Mr. Arlington.

  • Women generally have, I believe; they are said to excel our sex in word-painting.

    Ruth Hall

    Fanny Fern

  • Now, word-painting was the very thing that Baudelaire avoided.


    James Huneker

  • Kipling, for all his word-painting, is hardly a miracle of grace.