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illustration

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of illustration

  1. 1 something that visually explains or decorates a text this book on birds has gorgeous illustrations Synonyms of illustration diagram, figure, graphic, plate, visual Words Related to illustration 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 of illustration clarification, construction, elucidation, exegesis, explication, exposition, illumination, explanation, interpretation, road mapWords Related to illustration 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 of illustration icon (also ikon), picture, image, likenessWords Related to illustration 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 of illustration case, exemplar, exemplification, example, instance, prototype, representative, sample, specimenWords Related to illustration archetype, classic, locus classicus, paradigm; cross section, microcosm; evidence, indication, manifestation, sign

Synonym Discussion of illustration

instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean something that exhibits distinguishing characteristics in its category. instance applies to any individual person, act, or thing that may be offered to illustrate or explain.
    • an instance of history repeating itself
case is used to direct attention to a real or assumed occurrence or situation that is to be considered, studied, or dealt with.
    • a case of mistaken identity
illustration applies to an instance offered as a means of clarifying or illuminating a general statement.
    • a telling illustration of Murphy's Law
example applies to a typical, representative, or illustrative instance or case.
    • a typical example of bureaucratic waste
sample implies a part or unit taken at random from a larger whole and so presumed to be typical of its qualities.
    • show us a sample of your work
specimen applies to any example or sample whether representative or merely existent and available.
    • one of the finest specimens of the jeweler's art


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