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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 self-characterization

Historical Examples

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

    Spanish Vistas

    George Parsons Lathrop

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


British Dictionary definitions for self-characterization

characterization

characterisation

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

characterization

n.

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

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