verb (used with object)
Origin of portray
Synonyms for portray
Examples from the Web for portrayer
However the novelist may be judged, the portrayer of men and manners demands that his words should be believed.The Jews of Barnow|Karl Emil Franzos
But it is not only as a portrayer of public wrongs that we are indebted to our friend.
Audubon's genius as a portrayer of birds was in time recognized by America's foremost artists.
Mr. Seton is a field naturalist of experience, and a portrayer of animal life of unique distinction.
You do not wish to be known only as the portrayer of unnatural passions, the interpreter of diseased desires.Berenice|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Word Origin for portray
mid-13c., "to draw, paint" (something), from Anglo-French purtraire, Old French portraire "to draw, to paint, portray" (12c.), literally "trace, draw forth," from por- "forth" (from Latin pro-; see pro-) + traire "trace, draw," from Latin trahere "to drag, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "depict in words, describe" is from late 14c. Related: Portrayed; portraying.