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Synonyms

description

noun

a statement about what someone or something is like

story

noun

a spoken account of something that happened to you

picture

noun

a description or idea of what someone or something is like

version

noun

a description of something that happened, according to one person

profile

noun

a description of a person, group, or organization that contains all the details that someone needs

tale

noun

a spoken account of someone’s experiences, especially when they are made to seem more exciting or unpleasant than they really were

portrait

noun

a description of someone or something, for example in a book

portrayal

noun

the way that something or someone is portrayed

depiction

noun

a description of something using words or pictures

characterization

noun

the way in which someone or something is described as a particular type of person or thing

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account

noun

a detailed description of how or why something happens

a slice of life

a description or picture of ordinary life in a book, play, film etc

build-up

noun

a description of someone or something in which you make people think they are very good

caricature

noun

a description of a person, place, or situation that makes them seem silly by emphasizing only some aspects of them

characterisation

a British spelling of characterization

history

noun

an account of the events that happened during a particular period of the past

illustration

noun

an example, event, fact etc that shows that something else is true, or shows what something is like

image

noun

literature a description of something that uses language or combines ideas in an interesting way

model

noun

a simple technical description of how something works

panorama

noun

a full description of a particular situation or subject

preview

noun

a short description of something that will happen or will be available later

recital

noun

a long spoken description of something, especially one that is boring

recitation

noun

a long detailed spoken description of something

report

noun

mainly spoken details about something that has been happening in your life

rigmarole

noun

a description or story that is longer and more complicated than it needs to be

running commentary

noun

a continuous description or explanation of things that happen, for example during a game

saga

noun

informal a long series of events, or a description of them

sketch

noun

a short description of someone or something with only a few details

snapshot

noun

a short description that tells you what a particular place or situation is like at a particular time

sob story

noun

informal a story that someone tells in order to get sympathy

someone’s side of the story

your account of what happened, when someone else gives a different account

BuzzWord

gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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