portrayal


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

por·tray·al

 (pôr-trā′əl)
n.
1. The act or process of portraying someone or something: his brilliant portrayal of the leading role.
2. A representation or description: a detailed portrayal of living conditions.

por•tray•al

(pɔrˈtreɪ əl, poʊr-)

n.
1. the act of portraying.
2. a portrait.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portrayal - a word picture of a person's appearance and character
characterisation, characterization, delineation, depiction, word picture, word-painting, picture - a graphic or vivid verbal description; "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
2.portrayal - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
impression - an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny impression of a politician"
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
3.portrayal - a representation by picture or portraitureportrayal - a representation by picture or portraiture
representational process - any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
mirror - a faithful depiction or reflection; "the best mirror is an old friend"
4.portrayal - any likeness of a person, in any mediumportrayal - any likeness of a person, in any medium; "the photographer made excellent portraits"
half-length - a portrait showing the body from only the waist up
likeness, semblance - picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
self-portrait - a portrait of yourself created by yourself
5.portrayal - representation by drawing or painting etc
pictorial representation, picturing - visual representation as by photography or painting
portraiture - the activity of making portraits

portrayal

noun
1. performance, interpretation, enacting, take (informal, chiefly U.S.), acting, impersonation, performance as, characterization, personation (rare) He is well known for his portrayal of a prison guard in 'The Last Emperor'.
2. depiction, picture, representation, sketch, rendering, delineation a near-monochrome portrayal of a wood infused with silvery light
3. description, account, representation an often funny portrayal of a friendship between two boys
4. characterization, representation, depiction The media persists in its portrayal of us as muggers and dope sellers.

portrayal

noun
The act or process of describing in lifelike imagery:
Translations
تَصْوير، رَسْم
portrétzpodobení
afbildningfremstilling
ábrázolás
lÿsing í máli/myndum
stvárnenie
canlandırma

portrayal

[pɔːˈtreɪəl] N
1. (Art) → retrato m
2. (= description) → descripción f, representación f
a most unflattering portrayaluna representación nada halagadora or favorecedora

portrayal

[pɔːrˈtreɪəl] n
(= depiction) → portrait m, représentation f
(by actor) [character] → interprétation f

portrayal

nDarstellung f; (= description also)Schilderung f

portrayal

[pɔːˈtre/ɛ7əl] n (see vb) → ritratto, rappresentazione f, interpretazione f

portray

(poːˈtrei) verb
1. to make a portrait of. In this painting, the king is portrayed sitting on his throne.
2. to act the part of. the actor who portrays Hamlet.
portrayal (poːˈtreiəl) noun
the act of portraying.
References in classic literature ?
of the literature as an expression of the authors' views of life and of their personalities and especially as a portrayal and interpretation of the life of their periods and of all life as they have seen it; it should aim further at an
First and always in considering any piece of literature a student should ask himself the question already implied: Does it present a true portrayal of life--of the permanent elements in all life and in human nature, of the life or thought of its own particular period, and (in most sorts of books) of the persons, real or imaginary, with whom it deals?
Nor would you, or, rather, should you, accept the ravings and writhings and agonized contortions of those two lunatics to-night as a convincing portrayal of love.
Love as is well known having nothing to do with reason, being insensible to forebodings and even blind to evidence, the surrender of those two beings to a precarious bliss has nothing very astonishing in itself; and its portrayal, as he attempts it, lacks dramatic interest.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces the Portrayal Concept Development Study (CDS).
Yes, she's acted in some creditable and even exceptional comeback vehicles since her return to the big screen-but her really iconic and totemic portrayal is-still to come.
Andy's portrayal of ape leader Caesar helped wipe away the memory of Tim Burton's ill-fated reboot of the classic sci-fi series (2001).
O ma Carmen": Bizet's Fateful Gypsy in Portrayal From 1875 to the Present
Clifton James OREGON: Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died.
In this book she explores the portrayal of women religious in film and how their desires (or lack thereof) are shown through their actions, words, and the language of cinema.
An example of a portrayal of a friendly helper robot might include C3PO from "Star Wars," while the robot from 'Terminator" may be an example of a threatening one.
a book examining the portrayal of Christians and the clergy in the media.