[ kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuhn, -truh-zey- ]
/ ˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən, -trəˈzeɪ- /


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

SYNONYMS FOR characterization

Related forms

re·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



/ (ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən) /


description of character, traits, etc
the act of characterizing

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