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[dih-pik-shuh n]
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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.
  3. an act or instance of depicting.
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1680s, from French depiction, from Late Latin depictionem (nominative depictio) "painting, description," noun of action from Latin depictus (see depict).

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