• A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the tableware, are types which have been excavated. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the tableware, are types which have been excavated. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n portrayal acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
    • n portrayal representation by drawing or painting etc
    • n portrayal any likeness of a person, in any medium "the photographer made excellent portraits"
    • n portrayal a representation by picture or portraiture
    • n portrayal a word picture of a person's appearance and character
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Comedian/actor Billy Crystal portrayed Jodie Dallas, the first openly gay main character on network television on ABC's Soap, which aired from 1977 to 1981.
    • n Portrayal The act or process of portraying; description; delineation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's first adhesive postage stamp went on sale in England in 1840. It was the Penny Black, portraying Queen Victoria.
    • n portrayal The act of portraying; delineation; representation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed character on film, having been played by 72 actors in 204 films. The historical character most represented in films is Napoleon Bonaparte, with 194 film portrayals. Abraham Lincoln is the U.S. President to be portrayed most on film, with 136 films featuring actors playing the role.
    • ns Portrayal the act of portraying
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  • Voltaire
    “History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Every author in some degree portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. portrait, portraire—L. pro, forth, trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

Yet he had not achieved the results portrayed in Soult's despatch of 3.15 to Ney.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Delacroix's picture portrays a scene in this despoilment.
"McClure's Magazine, March, 1896, Vol. VI., No. 4." by Various
Surely Nature is here portrayed in her mightiest form!
"From John O'Groats to Land's End" by Robert Naylor and John Naylor
How well it portrayed him!
"Santa Claus's Partner" by Thomas Nelson Page
Nothing could hurt any more, was what her face seemed to portray; but in this, too, I was wrong.
"The Road" by Jack London
Girl life and character portrayed with rare power.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various
The heart-rending oppression of the "Soil Trust" in the Diamond World portrayed.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
He was a shy, retiring man but he thought now only of this thing he had been permitted to portray.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
Many artists have essayed to portray madness, but I know of no work more terrible than his.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
I portrayed the well-known fidelity of the dog.
"Idle Hour Stories" by Eugenia Dunlap Potts

In poetry:

But happier far, if then thy soul
Can soar to Him who made the whole,
If to thine eye the simplest flower
Portray His bounty and His power.
"Introductory Verses" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Oh, it must be an awful thing
To be shut out from light of day!--
From summer's grace, and bloom of spring
In gladness words cannot portray.
"Receiving Sight" by Hattie Howard
But weakness, shame, and folly made
The foil to all his pen portrayed;
Still, where his dreamy splendors shone,
The shadow of himself was thrown.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Through those calm lips, proud goddess, speak!
Portray to us thy gorgeous fane,
Where Melian lovers thronged to seek
Thine aid, Love's paradise to gain;
"To The Venus Of Melos" by John Lawson Stoddard
The painting of the masterpiece behold
That every morn, before our careless eye,
Nature portrays, in crimson and in gold,
Upon the canvas of the earth and sky.
"A Sierran Sunrise" by Clark Ashton Smith
Fair as thine own fair form, sad captive queen,
The scenes portrayed in weeping Memory's eye,
Thy Scotia robed in Nature's mantle green,
Bestrewn with flowery gems of richest dye.
"Centenary Poem" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

It's rare that the trajectories of love and yearning are portrayed in all their complexity on screen.
Their film, "Sweet Desert," due out next year, portrays the mostly free, but invisible, lives of over 100 Chinese lesbians in a society that values, and scrutinizes, women less than men.
In 1956 Jason Robards and Bradford Dillman portrayed the two Tyrone brothers in the first New York production of Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Speaking of his latest spoof on fame, HBO's "Life's Too Short," the comedian and Golden Gloves host says there's truth behind his portrayal of celebrity ego.
National Review naturally endorses and "makes the case for" Romney and Ryan in this week's cover, portraying them as heroic guys with big plans and sleeves rolled up, ready to go to work, and get Americans back to work.
In "The Extra Man," Kevin Kline and Paul Dano portray Henry Harrison and Louis Ives, eccentric and differently thwarted writers who wind up in a mentor-pup relationship.
Beautiful but mediocre portrayal of a classic fairytale .
McCormick (Purple Heart) again tackles a horrifying subject with grace while unsentimentally portraying the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia's killing fields.
And when those actors are portraying actors, there's an added wrinkle of fun.
The pictures that I have submitted portray the beauty of Montana from a farm girl 's point of view.
Graphic novel portrays extent of human suffering after Iran's 2009 revolution.
Cannonball House skit portrays fateful Civil War incident.
Quite simply, it portrays in stone the story of mankind's redemption by Jesus Christ.
Like the titular character he portrays, Toronto native Stephen Amell, 31, is a bit of a mystery.
Henry Woronicz's portrayal of The Poet in "An Iliad ," provides La Jolla Playhouse audiences with one of the most profound performances staged there to date.

In science:

The fitting curve is portrayed in the third panel of Figure (5).
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
The curves portray the best fits found by taking a function form for l0 (E ).
Simple functional forms for total cross sections from neutron-nucleus collisions
It necessarily has four intersection points with ξ , and is portrayed in figure 3.
Multiplicities of simple closed geodesics and hypersurfaces in Teichm\"uller space
The difference between the two plots portrays the divergence that is to be expected between Galaxy models and the details of the real Galaxy.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
Plots of the solutions above for different values and signs of B and C are portrayed in figures 4 and 5.
On Horava-Lifshitz "Black Holes"