Meaning of ekphrasis in English:

ekphrasis

(also ecphrasis)

nounekphrases

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’
    count noun ‘Virgil's ekphrases tend to highlight suffering or mourning figures’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ekphrasis

/ˈɛkfrəsɪs/