I'm not quite sure how to put this but I'm writing an essay on To Kill a Mockingbird and Tom Robinson, the defendant in the court trial within the novel, describes what actually happened during the time that Mayella, the plaintiff, is accusing him of rape.

I need a word for how Tom Robinson "imagerizes" the incident.

One word preferred.

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    In some cases it might be "painting a picture".
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 16, 2017 at 1:50
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    What's the problem with describes? Although I do like imagerizes
    – Stu W
    Mar 16, 2017 at 2:40

2 Answers 2


"Vivid" means clear and detailed, easily distinguished. As an adverb, "Vividly" means to do something in a manner as to produce such a clear and detailed picture in someone's head.

So the term you want is "vividly describes".



Evokes means to cause a response in somebody. One could evoke a feeling, a memory, a mood or a response (of any kind) from another.


  • The scent of roses evokes the memory of my grandmother
  • The smell of home cooking evoked memories of home in me
  • As he smelled smoke, he felt afraid, remembering the childhood disaster (that it evoked)
  • Tom told an evocative story that made the jury feel that they had followed along with him on his blackberry-picking journey on that fateful afternoon

It means that the person feels like they are ‘back in the situation’ as if it is happening now.


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