Definition of ekphrasis in English:

ekphrasis

(also ecphrasis)

noun

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/