Definition of portrayal in English:


Syllabification: por·tray·al
Pronunciation: /ˌpôrˈtrā(ə)l


1A depiction of someone or something in a work of art or literature: a realistic portrayal of war
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  • The Roosevelt Myth is a devastating portrayal of FDR.
  • The Greek middle classes fare not much better in Tsiolkas's simplistic, one-dimensional portrayal.
  • Thus, the portrayal of the story became the most important aspect.
1.1A description of someone or something in a particular way; a representation: the media portrayal of immigration
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  • I had to cast aside my objections to the portrayal of some stereotypes.
  • Put simply, the David against Goliath scenario does not necessarily represent an accurate portrayal of the real conflict.
  • Without a doubt, Boys Don't Cry is the most devastating portrayal of violence done to women I have ever seen in a film.
1.2An instance of an actor playing a part in a movie or play; a performance: his portrayal of the title character
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  • What saves the film, without doubt, is Ben Kingsley's portrayal of Fagin, which is brilliant.
  • In the title role, Campbell Scott gives a wonderfully compelling portrayal.
  • Michael Schultz showed less refinement in his portrayal of William.
performance as, representation of, interpretation of, rendering of, reading of
formal personation of

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