[ dih-pikt ]
/ dɪˈpɪkt /
verb (used with object)
to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
to represent or characterize in words; describe.
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Origin of depict
de·pict·er, de·pic·tor, nounde·pic·tion, nounde·pic·tive, adjectiveun·de·pict·ed, adjective
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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British Dictionary definitions for depictive
/ (dɪˈpɪkt) /
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 depictive
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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