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word painting

an effective verbal description.
Origin of word painting
First recorded in 1865-70
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word painter, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A gem of rarest value in word painting; a literary production beyond criticism; but in sentiment, harmful and discouraging!

  • In effect, the whole is a very gloomy and forcible piece of word painting—literal, true, and graphic.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The red glare, as it reflected in beauty against the sky, was beyond brush or word painting.

  • “I suppose I ought to have fixed up a finer bit of word painting than that,” he continued slowly.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • Buster, youre a wonder at word painting, though I reckon you cribbed some of that stuff from the guide book.

  • It is better to keep down to the bare, although complete, description rather than to attempt any word painting.

  • Beautifully written, with real and rare powers both of psychology and of word painting.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • The book (except the last chapter) is an exquisite piece of word painting, but I always wish he had made a happy end of his hero.


    E. R. Suffling
  • Mrs. Ukridge uttered a faint squeak at this vivid piece of word painting.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse

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