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  • adj. That cannot be portrayed.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ portrayable

Examples

  • There is something private in human sexuality, something that makes it unportrayable; the very act of observation distorts, as Wendell Berry has argued.

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  • I am, as just about everybody knows by now, vehemently skeptical of categorical statements about what fiction can and can't do, so a claim like "there is something private in human sexuality, something that makes it unportrayable; the very act of observation distorts" immediately sets my teeth grinding with a determination to prove it wrong, and a suspicion that the sentiment comes more from the religious sense of the human body being unmentionable, shameful, dirty.

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