- 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.
Origin of characterization
1560–70;Related formsre·char·ac·ter·i·za·tion, nounself-char·ac·ter·i·za·tion, noun
< Medieval Latin charactērizāt(us
) marked (past participle of charactērizāre
; see -ate1
) + Latin -iōn- -ion
Synonyms for characterization
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Examples from the Web for self-characterization
Historical Examples of self-characterization
This shows a frankness of self-characterization, to say the least, unusual.
The coincidence of the results with the self-characterization is frequently quite surprising.
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.
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