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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 characterizations of Pitt and Burke are “vulgar and foul invective,” and “loathsome trash.”

  • It was as if she had flattered him by her characterizations.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • The characterizations are striking, but the positions are not dramatic.

  • The trend of his characterizations was towards the cruelty in mankind.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • The characterizations will fit well Nerva, Trajan, and Hadrian.

    Historical Essays James Ford Rhodes
  • In most of these characterizations she has succeeded in making a deep impression.

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
  • His voice belonged to other Basines—other characterizations whose awkward ghosts fluttered nervously in his thought.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • The style is clear and vigorous, and the characterizations are extremely vivid.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
British Dictionary definitions for characterizations

characterization

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

characterization

n.

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

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