present participle of portray
as in characterizing
to point out the chief quality or qualities of an individual or group traditionally, European authors portrayed the natives as wise and noble

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as in depicting
to present a picture of a landscape that portrays the scenery near the town where the painter grew up

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“Portraying.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/portraying. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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