verb (used with object)

  1. to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
  2. to represent or characterize in words; describe.

verb (tr)

  1. to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
  2. to represent in words; describe

early 15c., from Latin depictus, past participle of depingere “to portray, paint, sketch; describe, imagine,” from de- “down” (see de-) + pingere “to paint” (see paint (v.)). Related: Depicted; depicting.

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