- to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
- to represent or characterize in words; describe.
Origin of depict
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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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- to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
- to represent in words; describe
C17: from Latin dēpingere, from pingere to paint
Word Origin and History for depictive
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