Meaning of ekphrasis in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛkfrəsɪs/


(also ecphrasis)
mass noun
  • The use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.

    ‘it's not surprising that Hecht, a master of ekphrasis, would include descriptions of visual art’
    • ‘Virgil's ekphrases tend to highlight suffering or mourning figures’


Mid 17th century via Latin from Greek ekphrasis ‘description’, from ekphrazein ‘recount’, from ek- ‘out’ + phrazein ‘tell’.