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illustration

[ il-uh-strey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪl əˈstreɪ ʃən /
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noun
something that illustrates, as a picture in a book or magazine.
a comparison or an example intended for explanation or corroboration.
the act or process of illuminating.
the act of clarifying or explaining; elucidation.
Archaic. illustriousness; distinction.
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Origin of illustration

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Latin illustrātiōn- (stem of illustrātiō ) “the act of making vivid, illustrating”; see illustrate, -ion

synonym study for illustration

2. See case1.

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British Dictionary definitions for illustration

illustration
/ (ˌɪləˈstreɪʃən) /

noun
pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text
an example or demonstrationan illustration of his ability
the act of illustrating or the state of being illustrated

Derived forms of illustration

illustrational, adjective
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