[kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuhn, -truh-zey-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. characteristic polynomial,
  2. characteristic root,
  3. characteristic vector,
  4. characteristic velocity,
  5. characteristic x-ray,
  6. characterize,
  7. characterless,
  8. charactery,
  9. charactonym,
  10. charade

Origin of characterization

1560–70; < Medieval Latin charactērizāt(us) marked (past participle of charactērizāre to characterize; see -ate1) + Latin -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR characterization
Related formsre·char·ac·ter·i·za·tion, nounself-char·ac·ter·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-characterization

  • The coincidence of the results with the self-characterization is frequently quite surprising.

  • This shows a frankness of self-characterization, to say the least, unusual.

    Spanish Vistas|George Parsons Lathrop

British Dictionary definitions for self-characterization




description of character, traits, etc
the act of characterizing
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Word Origin and History for self-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