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portrayal

[ pawr-trey-uh l, pohr- ]
/ pɔrˈtreɪ əl, poʊr- /
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noun

the act of portraying.
a portrait.

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RELATED WORDS

imitation, portrait, description, representation, replica, copy, likeness

Nearby words

portrait of a lady, the, portrait of the artist as a young man, portraitist, portraiture, portray, portrayal, portress, portside, portsider, portsmouth, portugal

Origin of portrayal

First recorded in 1840–50; portray + -al2
Related formsmis·por·tray·al, nounnon·por·tray·al, nounpre·por·tray·al, noun
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Word Origin and History for portrayal

portrayal


n.

1834, from portray + -al (2). The idea formerly was expressed by portray (n.), 1610s.

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