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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Pert" was the mildest term to which Hal reduced his characterization of Miss Pierce, by the time the one-step ended.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • She was really getting to me, you see, with that characterization.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • My humble attempts at characterization might be useful as "mmoires pour servir" to future biographers.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • But the subtlety of it—the immensity of the conception—the power of characterization!

    A Philanthropist Josephine Daskam
  • We recognize at once the truth of this characterization as applied to Wordsworth.

    The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry
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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