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portray (someone or something) as (something)

To describe, represent, or depict someone or something in a particular kind of way, whether with words, images, or performance. The writer portrays London of the 1800s as a bleak, dirty, unwelcoming place. For some reason she decided to portray the character as completely serious and straight, even though she's obviously meant to be an exaggerated, hyperbolic parody in the play.
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portray someone as someone or something

to represent or describe someone as someone or a type of person. Fred portrayed his political opponent as an evil man. She tried to portray herself as a grand lady, but she fooled no one.
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portray someone or something as someone

to develop a character that one is playing in a dramatic production as a kind of person or someone having certain characteristics or a particular personality. Tom portrayed Scrooge as an evil old man. Randy hopes to portray his character as a sympathetic friend.
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Tyson said that within a year to 18 months, they were going to do the Mike Tyson story and the 46-year-old actor will portray him, and now they had this new animation because Fox was pretty much his age so he could not portray me but they had this new system.
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At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance portrays a mix of opposites: bright and dull colors, active dancers and passive spectators, merriment and monotonous leisure.
McAchearn is a white, creepy, raging, obsessive male and if you're going to portray this type of guy south of the Maxon-Dixon line, apparently you must add Bible-thumping to the mix.
Because of its unique characteristics, Maritime was used to portray the Massachusetts Police Academy, and its Pentagon sally port was the backdrop for an academy graduation scene.
As a single authored body of work, Johnson s dramas uniquely portray Black families confronting the lynching of one of its members.
Do the Stations of the Cross portray God as a monster?
In the best-case scenario, street theater perpetuates itself by casting local extroverts who have never acted, but who understand and can portray oppression and abuse.
Little Darlings (1980), Oddballs (1984), Camp Nowhere (1994), and Wet Hot American Summer (2001) all portray camp life as little more than sex, pranks, and/or substance abuse.
Fidel's sins aside, filmmakers were right to portray the period as poisonous.
Noting the irregular or branched nature of natural forms such as mountains and trees, she sets out to invent by trial and error the first mathematical framework to portray such structures.
A study compared children's responses to picture storybooks that portray characters in nontraditional gender roles before dramatization and after dramatization of the stories.
Two figures, one on each wing, together portray the Miracle of the Lactation (Fig.
It is surprisingly rare, however, for a locally or regionally focused study actually to portray convincingly the relationship of ideology and public action to economic structure.
The themes portray Jesus from a variety of perspectives which include Jesus, the Jew; the Light of the Gentiles; the Cosmic Christ; the Crucified Christ; the Liberator; the Prince of Peace.