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characterization

[kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuh n, -truh-zey-]
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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.
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Origin of characterization

1560–70; < Medieval Latin charactērizāt(us) marked (past participle of charactērizāre to characterize; see -ate1) + Latin -iōn- -ion
Related formsre·char·ac·ter·i·za·tion, nounself-char·ac·ter·i·za·tion, noun

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1. representation, depiction, delineation.
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Examples from the Web for recharacterization

Historical Examples

  • A recharacterization of the nematode genus Blatticola Schwenk, 1926.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth


British Dictionary definitions for recharacterization

characterization

characterisation

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

characterization

n.

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

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