por·​tray·​al pȯr-ˈtrā(-ə)l How to pronounce portrayal (audio)
: the act or process or an instance of portraying : representation

Examples of portrayal in a Sentence

his novel presents a moving portrayal of a woman searching for personal fulfillment and happiness
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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of portrayal was in 1843

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“Portrayal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portrayal. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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por·​tray·​al pōr-ˈtrā(-ə)l How to pronounce portrayal (audio)
: the act or process of portraying : representation

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