Definition of depict in English:


Line breaks: de¦pict
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɪkt


[with object]
1Represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form: paintings depicting Old Testament scenes these equations may be depicted on a graph
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  • The four-metre wide painting depicts a typical Lowry scene of Victorian life in a northern cotton town.
  • The food is traditional hearty Saxon fair, and there are paintings on the wall depicting scenes from the play.
  • All Arthur had was the rights to the novel and a portfolio of paintings depicting possible scenes.
portray, represent, picture, illustrate, delineate, outline, reproduce, render;
literary limn
1.1Portray in words; describe: youth is depicted as a time of vitality and good health
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  • As in a disaster movie, the lives are depicted as parallel narratives, hinged on the impending disaster.
  • Eltham is sometimes depicted as a deprived area with few recreation venues and nothing to offer children.
  • Perhaps it is for this reason that hill running is sometimes depicted as an obscure offshoot of mainstream athletics.


late Middle English: from Latin depict- 'portrayed', from the verb depingere, from de- 'completely' + pingere 'to paint'.



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  • Rather than a depicter of heritage, Gorky is considered one of the founders of ‘Abstract Surrealism,’ and was tagged by André Breton as one of the most important painters in American history.
  • Tsai's preternatural simplicity wondrously collapses the spaces between viewer and viewed, depicter and depicted.


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  • What is called the image aspect is also not intended to be depictive or explanatory.
  • Whether committed to an art that is depictive or abstract, America-centered or Europe-centered, color-oriented or structure-oriented - everyone loves Hopper.
  • Denied the challenge of human faces and bodies, Neel has little to offer other than a bold depictive style and some mildly modernist touches such as intentionally unfinished backgrounds and tilted-up planes.

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