[ dih-pik-shuhn ]
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  1. representation in image form, as in a painting or illustration: Picasso's painting Guernica is an accurate depiction of the horrors of war.

  2. representation or characterization in words: Mark Twain's letters are a clear depiction of his life and times.

  1. an act or instance of depicting.

Origin of depiction

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin dēpictiōn-, stem of dēpictiō “portrayal,” equivalent to dēpict(us), past participle of dēpingere “to portray” + -iō -ion

Words Nearby depiction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use depiction in a sentence

  • The elevation in the drawing you have indicated as "A" is a depiction of what?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He has pages of clear depiction, even of satire, but the sentimentalist is always lurking just round the corner.

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • I should like the reader to note how complete is Mr. Eliot's depiction of our contemporary condition.

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • But this slight defect is more than atoned for by the power shown in the depiction of character.

    Essays on Modern Novelists | William Lyon Phelps
  • Each letter is to give an absolutely faithful account of her life, with a perfectly truthful depiction of her real character.

    Essays on Modern Novelists | William Lyon Phelps