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characterization

[kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuh n, -truh-zey-] /ˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən, -trəˈzeɪ-/
noun
1.
portrayal; description:
the actor's characterization of a politician.
2.
the act of characterizing or describing the individual quality of a person or thing.
3.
the creation and convincing representation of fictitious characters, as in a literary work.
Origin of characterization
1560-1570
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
Synonyms
1. representation, depiction, delineation.
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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

characterization

/ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
description of character, traits, etc
2.
the act of characterizing
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Word Origin and History for characterization
n.

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

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