verb (used with object), char·ac·ter·ized, char·ac·ter·iz·ing.
Origin of characterize
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Contemporary Examples of mischaracterize
Yet the MPD continues to downplay these concerns, going so far as to mischaracterize the facts of my case.In Washington, Sexual Assault Victims Find Justice Elusive
February 22, 2013
Yet to say that both Obama and Romney are hiding their “real” natures beneath contradictory positions is to mischaracterize them.Mitt Romney’s No More Of a Mystery Than Barack Obama
February 9, 2012
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.