depict

[dih-pikt]

verb (used with object)

to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
to represent or characterize in words; describe.

Origin of depict

1625–35; < Latin dēpictus (past participle of dēpingere), equivalent to dē- de- + pic- past participle stem of pingere to paint + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsde·pict·er, de·pic·tor, nounde·pic·tion, nounde·pic·tive, adjectiveun·de·pict·ed, adjectivewell-de·pict·ed, adjective

Synonyms for depict

Synonym study

1, 2. Depict, portray, sketch imply a representation of an object or scene by colors or lines, or by words. Depict emphasizes vividness of detail: to depict the confusion of departure. Portray emphasizes faithful representation: We could not portray the anguish of the exiles. Sketch suggests the drawing of the outlines of the most prominent features or details, often in a preparatory way: to sketch the plans for a community development.
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Historical Examples of depict

  • His insight enabled him to depict a psychological development where I had seen but a material friendship.

    The Sixth Sense

    Stephen McKenna

  • That poor daughter of an old royalist had some reason to depict human nature as bad in man and in woman.

  • What sane man, reading 'The Faerie Queene,' could think that it purported to depict actual scenes or incidents?

  • No portrait of Mormonism will prove to be a true likeness which does not depict its twofold features, its iniquity and its thrift.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • They are all of them “careers on slippery ground,” with the same punishments as Hogarth delighted to depict.



British Dictionary definitions for depict

depict

verb (tr)

to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
to represent in words; describe
Derived Formsdepicter or depictor, noundepiction, noundepictive, adjective

Word Origin for depict

C17: from Latin dēpingere, from pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for depict
v.

early 15c., from Latin depictus, past participle of depingere "to portray, paint, sketch; describe, imagine," from de- "down" (see de-) + pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Related: Depicted; depicting.

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