Definition of writ large in English:

writ large

phrase

  • 1Clear and obvious:

    ‘the unspoken question was writ large upon Rose's face’
    • ‘That observation is writ large if one looks at the history of the bill.’
    • ‘The pain and disappointment of the defeat was writ large across the faces of the Great Britain players as they trudged from the field, but coach Brian Noble remained stoical.’
    • ‘The anger of victims confronted with the complacency and hostility of local and federal authorities was writ large on their faces and made clear in their comments to reporters.’
    • ‘The children, with enthusiasm writ large on their faces, engage themselves in making small mountains of the sand, so that they could have an elevated seating for a better view.’
    • ‘Fear and despair were writ large on their faces.’
    • ‘However, not knowing any other mode to express their reverence, few students just fell on his feet and returned to their seats with a sense of pride writ large on their faces.’
    • ‘‘Unlike in the past when we had to scout for enrolment, now there is a positive signal from youngsters,’ he says with contentment writ large on his face.’
    • ‘Shock and disbelief were writ large on the faces as irate depositors thronged the bank's Sector 8 branch to know the status of their deposits.’
    • ‘The futility of war, the folly and the horror, and the lies that serve the bloodshed of the battlefield are writ large across Peter Whelan's The Accrington Pals.’
    • ‘Children had unlimited fun with excitement and enthusiasm writ large on their faces as they tried their hands at shooting the balloons and their moms standing beside and encouraging them.’
    • ‘Grievance writ large over their collective visages, the protesters crisscrossed the streets, and aired their eternally pending demands.’
    • ‘In this village, distress and despair are writ large on the faces of nearly 100 widows and their 350 orphan children.’
    • ‘The boys in their attempt to earn their daily bread clean tables and collect used plates and tumblers, with the disappointment writ large on their faces on finding children of the same age group enjoy delicious dishes.’
    • ‘The pain of losing to their great rivals one of the three trophies they won during their all-conquering 2003 season was writ large on the faces of the Bradford players, who displayed a steely sense of purpose from the outset.’
    • ‘The ‘Eight Young Painters Show’ that is now on at the Alliance Francaise has youth and exuberance writ large over each canvas.’
    • ‘I find everyone having check ups these days,’ he asked, with worry writ large on his face.’
    • ‘‘Kodiyattam’ has now gained a legitimate place among the traditional art of the country, she claims with satisfaction writ large on her face.’
    • ‘Obviously, dejection was writ large on his face, as he could not get more ‘coverage’.’
    • ‘Inside, the murals and detailing were exquisite, but perhaps the images that stayed with us the most were those of the monks clad in their red robes - serenity writ large on their seemingly ageless faces.’
    • ‘After the public reading of expansive excerpts of her work the previous evening, one noticed that a huge discomfort was writ large on the faces of the accompanying family.’
    1. 1.1 In a stark or exaggerated form:
      ‘bribing people by way of tax allowances is the paternalistic state writ large’
      • ‘As we bear witness to the inevitable permutations that characterize human frailty writ large, the recording and preservation of memory is a cultural imperative.’
      • ‘This is a critical incident writ large of the type my colleagues and I have advised about, studied, and written about over a period of eight years.’
      • ‘Whether this approach, writ large, proves to be ‘suitable to governing a modern democracy’ remains to be seen.’
      • ‘‘A serious nonfiction book is not a piece of journalism writ large,’ they observe.’
      • ‘But I think that the superhero-as-metaphor involves a superhero being some sort of intellectual, emotional, or other such concept writ large.’
      • ‘As before, the drawings supported a rock persona writ large.’
      • ‘Foer's work locates itself somewhere in this shifting landscape, between memory and monumentality, image and immortality: it's the personal odyssey writ large.’
      • ‘The Cape Town property experience appears to be the old ‘location, location, location’ principle writ large.’
      • ‘Of course there are detractors who see such increased production of content by the ‘average’ person as nothing more than vanity presses writ large and gone multimedia.’
      • ‘Countries are just human beings writ large, and human beings, by and large, are a law-abiding bunch, because most of the time obeying those laws is convenient.’
      • ‘But in fact, Australia's fortunes went up and went down; we won some and we lost some; history is simply life writ large.’
      • ‘The supercharged psyche of young adulthood is writ large on the landscape: nothing is as it seems, and every tiny item - a rock, a song, a glance - means more than it can possibly say.’
      • ‘Plato had rooted his perfect society in a meta-biological metaphor, namely: the State was man writ large.’