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Synonyms and Antonyms of illustration

  1. 1 something that visually explains or decorates a text <this book on birds has gorgeous illustrations> Synonyms diagram, figure, graphic, plate, visual Related Words art, artwork; drawing, illumination, image, pictogram, pictograph, picture; caption, key, legend; inset; depiction, pictorialization, portrait, portrayal, representation; clarification, elucidation, explanation, explication, exposition

  2. 2 a statement that makes something clear <forced to give several illustrations until she was understood> Synonyms clarification, construction, elucidation, exegesis, explication, exposition, illumination, explanation, interpretation, road mapRelated Words paraphrase, restatement, translation; annotation, comment, commentary, epexegesis, gloss; deciphering, decoding; disentanglement, unscrambling; analysis; edification, enlightenment; definition, meaning; demonstration, enactment; justification, rationale, rationalization, reasoning; caution, caveat, warning

  3. 3 a two-dimensional design intended to look like a person or thing <the doctor sketched an illustration to explain the procedure to the patient> Synonyms icon (also ikon), picture, image, likenessRelated Words delineation, depiction, representation, resemblance, view; portrait; daub, drawing, finger painting; etching, silhouette, sketch, watercolor; caricature, cartoon, doodle; collage, montage, photograph; hieroglyph, hieroglyphic, ideogram, ideograph; pictograph; diagram

  4. 4 one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like <chose one essay as an illustration of the high quality of the collection> Synonyms case, exemplar, exemplification, example, instance, prototype, representative, sample, specimenRelated Words archetype, classic, locus classicus, paradigm; cross section, microcosm; evidence, indication, manifestation, sign

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