In this definition “丑陋:难看。多形象人或事物的相貌、样子。”, 形象 seems to me functioning like a verb, but I can't find such a usage in MDBG, Wenlin, dict.baidu.com.

Do I get it wrong or does it indeed function like a verb?

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形象 is strictly a noun for 'image'

in this definition “丑陋:难看。多形象人或事物的相貌、样子。”

Obviously, 形象 is a typo of 形容 (describe) here

The correct sentence is :


丑陋:ugly. Mostly describes the appearance and looks of people or things


No. 形象 is a noun, it is the external image/impression of a person seeing by others regarding the way he/she talks and acts, also the advocates and causes he/she stands for or promoting on.

  • 他作人行事中規中矩, 給人一個良好的形象.

  • 他給人的形象是正直誠實.

  • 他的主張給他製造了良好的形象.

  • 在工作上, 他的形象很差.

Similarly, 丑陋 is a noun. However, 丑化 is a verb, as in 丑化一個人的形象.


形象:n. Image(n) Adj. vivid; e.g. 这个描述很形象。

The quote you gave is actually not very modernly correct. It’d be more acceptable to say “ 多形容人或事物的相貌”。

It might have been used as a verb in the past, but not nowadays.

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