- an effective verbal description.
- tone painting.
Origin of word painting
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for word painting
I was a little scandalized at the idea of your calling the book "word-painting."Hortus Inclusus
"We will take your word-painting instead," said Mr. Arlington.Evenings at Donaldson Manor
Maria J. McIntosh
Women generally have, I believe; they are said to excel our sex in word-painting.Ruth Hall
Now, word-painting was the very thing that Baudelaire avoided.Egoists
Kipling, for all his word-painting, is hardly a miracle of grace.Kentucky in American Letters, v. 1 of 2
John Wilson Townsend