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word picture

a description in words, especially one that is unusually vivid:
She drew a word picture of a South Pacific sunset.
Origin of word picture
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was almost as if one could see the word picture of the scene as he painted it.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • On went the word picture that showed how vice could flaunt it in so fallen an age.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • Give a word picture of what the sea-folk saw as they lingered in the churchyard.

  • "Applicant's characteristics," this is just a word picture of the interviewer's or counselor's idea on this applicant.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Any word picture of either would probably fit anyone of a score of people of the same life.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • Engagements in the World War were on such a vast scale that it was difficult for a single observer to give a word picture of them.

  • Such people do not really exist, you know, and you are supposed to be painting a word picture of life.

  • Before I go on, may I quote a contemporary writer's word picture of Marie, as she appeared at this time?

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • The rapid reader can grasp a concrete story or a word picture.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
British Dictionary definitions for word picture

word picture

a verbal description, esp a vivid one
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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