Definition of Portrayal

1. Noun. A word picture of a person's appearance and character.

2. Noun. Acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture.
Exact synonyms: Characterization, Enactment, Personation
Generic synonyms: Acting, Performing, Playacting, Playing
Specialized synonyms: Impression, Character, Part, Persona, Role, Theatrical Role
Derivative terms: Enact, Personate, Portray

3. Noun. A representation by picture or portraiture.
Exact synonyms: Depicting, Depiction, Portraying
Generic synonyms: Representational Process
Specialized synonyms: Mirror
Derivative terms: Depict, Depict, Depict, Portray, Portray, Portray

4. Noun. Any likeness of a person, in any medium. "The photographer made excellent portraits"
Exact synonyms: Portrait
Specialized synonyms: Half-length, Self-portrait
Generic synonyms: Likeness, Semblance

5. Noun. Representation by drawing or painting etc.
Exact synonyms: Delineation, Depiction
Generic synonyms: Pictorial Representation, Picturing
Specialized synonyms: Portraiture
Derivative terms: Delineate, Delineate, Delineate, Depict, Portray

Definition of Portrayal

1. n. The act or process of portraying; description; delineation.

Definition of Portrayal

1. Noun. The act of portraying. ¹

2. Noun. The result of portraying; a representation, description, or portrait. ¹

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Definition of Portrayal

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Portrayal

portrait camera
portrait lens
portrait painter
portrayal (current term)

Literary usage of Portrayal

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1. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"The portrayal of Margit, Arne's mother, is a pathetic and truthful one; and many of the domestic scenes have an exquisite naturalness. ..."

2. The Art of Writing English: A Book for College Classes by Rollo Walter Brown, Nathaniel Waring Barnes (1913)
"The difference between character development and character portrayal.—At the outset, one thought must be fixed clearly in mind: we are to study character ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"His 'Memoirs' are npw recognized as of important historical value as a portrayal of private life in the 18th century. A complete critical edition is in ..."

4. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1889)
"Two of the sweetest stories ever penned, " The Initials " and " At Odds," have never been excelled in their portrayal of domestic life in Munich and in ..."

5. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"There is much in the book somewhat reasonable and truly inspiring and uplifting, especially in its portrayal of a grander humanity, strong, unselfish, pure, ..."

6. Wagner by Charles Albert Lidgey (1899)
"CHAPTER VI As Man is to Nature so is Art to Man—The Necessity of Nature —Art the portrayal of Life—True Art-Work must be born of Necessity—and therefore of ..."

7. The Teaching of Jesus about the Future According to the Synoptic Gospels by Henry Burton Sharman (1908)
"NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF JESUS' portrayal OF "THE DAY" This portrayal by Jesus of " the day of the Son of man " is quite as remarkable in its negative as in its ..."

8. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1908)
"... in the development of the nations, notably Ireland, in " The Legend of St. Patrick " (London, 1872), and of Spain in his eloquent portrayal of the Cid. ..."

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