Origin of characterize
Examples from the Web for characterise
He likes small windows and greatly dislikes the sweeping areas of glass and metal that characterise the work of Richard Rogers.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
There are certain peculiarities which characterise these memorials of the race.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
But we are able to characterise them sufficiently by that part of the complex action which is the most prominent.Theaetetus
This condition the Sufis characterise as self-annihilation (Fana).Mystics and Saints of Islam
It is not our intention to characterise his excellences as a composer.
What beast save the goat could characterise Alexander and his reign?The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882
- to be a characteristic ofloneliness characterized the place
- to distinguish or mark as a characteristic
- to describe or portray the character of
Word Origin and History for characterise
1590s, "to engrave, write," back-formation from characterization, or else from Medieval Latin characterizare, from Greek kharakterizein "to designate by a characteristic mark," from kharakter (see character). Meaning "to describe the qualities of" is recorded from 1630s; that of "to be characteristic" is from 1744. Related: Characterized; characterizing.