ekphrasis

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From Ancient Greek ἔκφρασις ‎(ékphrasis, description), from ἐκφράζω ‎(ekphrázō, I describe), from ἐκ ‎(ek, out, ex-) + φράζω ‎(phrázō, I explain, point out).

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ekphrasis ‎(plural ekphrases)

  1. (rhetoric) A clear, intense, self-contained argument or pictorial description of an object, especially of an artwork.
    • 2004: One [trope] is ekphrasis, the literary description of a work of art, the most famous example of which may be the careful depiction of the shield of Achilles in book 18 of the Iliad. — Daniel Donoghue, Old English Literature (Blackwell 2004, p. 75)

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