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Word-painting   /wərd-pˈeɪntɪŋ/   Listen

A graphic or vivid verbal description.  Synonyms: characterisation, characterization, delineation, depiction, picture, word picture.  "The author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland" , "The pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"

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"Word-painting" Quotes from Famous Books

... name of Sunnyside. His acquaintance with the New York millionaire, John Jacob Astor, prompted his next important work, "Astoria," a history of the fur-trading settlement founded by Astor in Oregon, deduced with singular literary ability from dry commercial records, and, without labored attempts at word-painting, evincing a remarkable faculty for bringing scenes and incidents vividly before the eye. "Captain Bonneville," based upon the unpublished memoirs of a veteran hunter, was another work of the same class. In 1842 Irving was appointed ambassador to Spain. He spent four years in the country, without ...
— Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8 • Charles F. (Charles Francis) Horne

... as an author of those stories which delight the heart and mind of young women readers through the artistic word-painting of scenes and incidents which arouse interest, stimulate desire, and satisfy the appetite for mental ...
— The Blunders of a Bashful Man • Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

... features of a scene or character are seized at once.[729] There is no irrelevant detail; the picture may be crowded, but it is never obscure; if there is a fault it is that the colouring is sometimes too crude and glaring to please. But before such word-painting as the description of Domitian's privy ...
— Post-Augustan Poetry - From Seneca to Juvenal • H.E. Butler

... of a woman's heart, in trying to subjugate her to their will! The love of protecting too often degenerates into downright tyranny. Fortunately all these sombre pictures of a possible future were thrown into the background by the tender missives every post brought me, in which the brilliant word-painting of one of the most eloquent pens of this generation made the future for us both, as bright and beautiful as Spring with her verdure ...
— Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897 • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

... freely than he might have at another time and under other conditions. From establishing Griswold's identity for his fellow passenger, he slipped by easy stages into the story of the proletary's ups and downs, climaxing it with a vivid little word-painting of ...
— The Price • Francis Lynde

... Gautier set us crazy in Paris with his color sense. His pages glowed with all the pigments of the palette; he vied with the jeweller in introducing precious stones of the most ravishing brilliancy within the walls of his paragraph; I sickened of all this splendor, this Ruskin word-painting, and went in for cool grays, took up Baudelaire and finally reached Verlaine, whose music is the echo of music heard in misty mediaeval parks while the peacock dragging by with its twilight tail, utters shrill commentary on such moonshine. After that I reached Chopin and found him too dangerous, ...
— Melomaniacs • James Huneker

Words linked to "Word-painting" :   delineation, epithet, portraiture, portrait, portrayal, description, verbal description

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