A depiction is a true representation of something, like the depiction of life as a Jewish teenager in hiding during World War II in Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl."

The word depiction comes from the Latin word for "painting or description," depictionem. If a portrait really looks like you, it's a good depiction — the painter or photographer has done a great job. Another way to give a depiction of an experience is to tell or write about it in so much detail that it's like your audience is really there. Actors who portray real people work hard to make their depictions as true as they can.

Definitions of depiction
  1. noun
    representation by drawing, painting, etc.
    synonyms: delineation, portrayal
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    the activity of making portraits
    type of:
    pictorial representation, picturing
    visual representation as by photography or painting
  2. noun
    a representation by picture or portraiture
    synonyms: depicting, portrayal, portraying
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    a faithful depiction or reflection
    type of:
    representational process
    any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
  3. noun
    a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
    synonyms: delineation, limning, line drawing
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    a depiction in the form of an animal
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    a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
  4. noun
    a graphic or vivid verbal description
    synonyms: characterisation, characterization, delineation, picture, word picture, word-painting
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    descriptive word or phrase
    portrait, portraiture, portrayal
    a word picture of a person's appearance and character
    type of:
    description, verbal description
    a statement that represents something in words
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