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[kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuh n, -truh-zey-] /ˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən, -trəˈzeɪ-/
portrayal; description:
the actor's characterization of a politician.
the act of characterizing or describing the individual quality of a person or thing.
the creation and convincing representation of fictitious characters, as in a literary work.
Origin of characterization
1560-70; < Medieval Latin charactērizāt(us) marked (past participle of charactērizāre to characterize; see -ate1) + Latin -iōn- -ion
Related forms
recharacterization, noun
self-characterization, noun
1. representation, depiction, delineation. Unabridged
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  • His red slave's wig is thus made a feature in the characterization.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The characterization of Othello in the rest of this scene is anything but happy.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The very power of the characterization makes the traitress hateful.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • His puppets no longer interest him; he is careless of characterization.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • This characterization is perhaps extreme, but the danger to which it refers is all too frequent.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
British Dictionary definitions for characterization


description of character, traits, etc
the act of characterizing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for characterization

1560s, "marking out of a precise form;" see characterize + -ation. Meaning "description of essential features" is from 1814.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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