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portraiture Syllabification: por·trai·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrtriCHer/

Definition of portraiture in English:


1The art of creating portraits.
Example sentences
  • The panel received little in the way of direct attention at this time; indeed, Romantic-era understandings of art history and portraiture were not conducive to an appreciation of the panel.
  • This exhibit focuses on the art genre of portraiture.
  • While employed by major commercial studios in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Toronto, he continued his studies of fine art, specializing in portraiture, figure, and plein air landscape painting.
1.1Graphic and detailed description, especially of a person: it’s part murder mystery and part portraiture through poetry
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  • The strong undertone of moral earnestness, never preached, gives a stability and force to the vivid portraiture, and prevents the satiric touches from degenerating into mere malice.
  • While there are a few, very minor factual errors, the general span and scope of the book, not to mention the detailed portraiture of the ballerina in her world, are admirable.
  • In America, this director's heartfelt portrait of a family in crisis, waits patiently for much of its running time before explicitly acknowledging its portraiture of spirituality in crisis.
1.2 formal A portrait.
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  • Like little portraitures and landscapes, they give the reader glimpses into people and places long since gone.
  • Undoubtedly, the author's unique use of newspapers, portraitures, plantation records and diaries, and traveler's accounts, allows readers to get a glimpse of slaves' own insights regarding their nightmarish circumstance.
  • The dominant trend in African American portraitures, however, has been created and nurtured by succeeding generations of white imagemakers, beginning as far back as the colonial era.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from portrait (see portrait).

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