• 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 portrayer a painter or drawer of portraits
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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 Portrayer One who portrays.
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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 portrayer One who portrays; a painter; one who paints, draws, or describes to the life.
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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.”


In literature:

She was the first English novelist before Meredith to portray charming women with free personalities.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
That monarch himself, his two sons and five daughters, he had already portrayed.
"The Later works of Titian" by Claude Phillips
More remarkable still is Moliere's portrayal of the eminence of the human spirit in the case of Tartufe.
"Landmarks in French Literature" by G. Lytton Strachey
Each man of them contains the whole pitiable picture of the sore need of the world vividly portrayed in himself.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
I had made so many sketches in Seoul, that at last a rumour reached the Court of the rapidity with which I portrayed streets and people.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
Endless vivid portrayals could be made of the anomalous situation.
"Sane Sex Life and Sane Sex Living" by H.W. Long
So had he also portrayed for Raymond the features of the two Sanghursts, father and son.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The men really think actresses must possess what they portray.
"Supreme Personality" by Delmer Eugene Croft
All other actresses had striven to portray an Irish princess, or what they believed an Irish princess might be.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
Catholic writers are fond of describing the early years of their saints as marked by vice in order to portray them as miracles of grace.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart

In poetry:

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
Your hands came, and playing,
O'er their secrets straying
Picture after picture are portraying,
As the poet dreamed them,
In soul-travail teemed them,
Till your artist hands redeemed them.
"To Erika Lie" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The stranger rebuked them ere he would teach
What the prophets portray of Christ's sufferings here.
Their souls were enlivened, but soon they would reach
The village they sought, which too quickly drew near.
"The Travellers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Her arms and head were bare, seemly she walked
All in her smock so modest as she might;
Upon her shoulders hung a painted cape
For horrible adornment, flames of fire
Portrayed upon it, and mocking demon heads.
"The Maid-Martyr" by Jean Ingelow
TANS. Close by is portrayed one who has on his shield a crest, also
divided into four colours. There is a sun whose rays extend to the back
of the earth, and there is a legend which says: "Idem semper ubique
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The First =Fifth Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
Hence, with thy cross of faith upreared,
Thy book of promise widely spread;
While godless thousands scoffed and jeered,
Thou didst portray the life Christ led,
And how he bore sin's chastening rod
To win the erring back to God.
"A Holy Messenger" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Has TV regressed in its portrayal of the working woman.
Reuters reports that Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser and proprietor of a Tampa theme park, is upset over its brand's portrayal in the film Flight.
If superheroes were real, their exploits would go down as they are portrayed in " Boy Wonder ": free of costume and as a vigilante who brings to mind Bernie Goetz and "Death Wish" anti-hero Paul Kersey.
Grimm Brilliantly Portrays Our Multilingual Nation.
In this film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Geoffrey Rush portrays Lionel Logue in "The King's Speech".
Don Giovanni, center, is portrayed by Michael Todd Simpson.
Rose feels that MISH has been portrayed unfairly.
Kelly McNees, portraying Marilyn Monroe, is escorted down the Haller Fountain steps as part of opening ceremonies for the 2012 Port Townsend Film Festival.
San Diegans with ties to famous chef eager to see how 'Julia' is portrayed.
Police Reports Suggest Officers May Sometimes Portray Crimes Less Seriously.
Indian Media Fume at Oprah for Her Portrayal of a Backwards, Cliched India.
It is Daniel Craig's third portrayal of the spy.
New Ad Campaign Portrays Caregivers' Call for Help.
Even within those extremes, the portrayals are very shallow.
Acting in 'Smashed' masterfully portrays alcohol addiction.

In science:

Faith – words are inadequate to portray the value of your friendship.
Bounding Betti Numbers of Sets Definable in O-Minimal Structures Over the Reals
Figure 10 portrays such a magnetic explosion. A variant of this mechanism has been suggested for gamma-ray bursts (MacFadyen & Woosley 1999).
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Figure A portrays the activation region in a single arbitrary “brain”.
Revisiting Multi-Subject Random Effects in fMRI
Figure B portrays the true prevalence (relative frequency) of the activation at each location.
Revisiting Multi-Subject Random Effects in fMRI
The Qt user interface, G4UIQt, which must be used with it, includes an interactive help system and an interactive portrayal of the scene, including the geometry hierarchy, through which one can change the colour and visibility of individual screen ob jects.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system