from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of describing or depicting in words graphically or vividly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a graphic or vivid verbal description


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  • For Part II, the Passion, the mood turned darker, with more sound from the bass instruments and the organ and more word-painting from the chorus the weight on "iniquity" in "Surely he hath borne our griefs"; a knife-like slash on "deliver" in "He trusted in God".

    Tracing the Gospel With Renewed Vigor and Drama

  • The exquisite artistry of the word-painting – Davies sweet-toned, yet often darkly distinctive of timbre – made it unforgettable.

    Iestyn Davies & Fretwork/New London Chamber Choir

  • His slow, deliberate drawl, the anxious and perturbed expression of his visage, the apparently painful effort with which he framed his sentences, and above all, the surprise that spread over his face when the audience roared with delight or rapturously applauded the finer passages of his word-painting, were unlike anything of the kind they had ever known.


  • Like the motets, too, the chansons contain little word-painting, but Gombert left two notable examples of the programme chanson after the manner of Janequin.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The absence of any attempt at word-painting, even of admiration at the glorious things which they saw, is most remarkable in all early voyagers, both

    Westward Ho!

  • If you do this, you run the risk of boring your readers at best, and destroying your word-painting as surely as an error would have.

    carpe_libris: Research

  • Welch's word-painting resembles watercolors done with broad brushstrokes -- there are a few key details, but the work derives its overall color from a limited palette, and distant impressions, rather than clear portraits, seem to characterize this novel for me.

    Archive 2004-10-17

  • Then there were pomegranate trees, golden-leaved, and tall poplars pollarded plume fashion as in southern France; and in a field a herd of brown pigs feeding, which commended itself to observance, doubtless, as color in some possible word-painting.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • Singapore in seas which, as every one who has sailed much in them can testify, are not so smooth and tempest-free as word-painting travellers love to represent them.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • As Hoskins makes clear, these resonances extend well beyond the limits of standard word-painting to embrace deeply embedded cultural presuppositions about racial Othering, gender, and archetypes of the hortus conclusus or earthly paradise as expressed in English stage representations of the slave, planter society, and West Indies scenery.



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