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character sketch

noun, Literature.
a short essay describing a person; literary profile.
Compare character (def 17).
Origin of character sketch
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Bliss's MS. book illustrates what I have said in the preface of the change in the character-sketch.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • Translated into French, that might serve as a character-sketch of Anatole France.

  • One of these days I must write a character-sketch of Mrs. Nichol.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • It may be noticed too, by the way, that great novelists are not always equally successful in the character-sketch.

    Microcosmography John Earle
British Dictionary definitions for character-sketch

character sketch

a brief description or portrayal of a person's character, qualities, etc
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Contemporary definitions for character-sketch

a dramatic portrayal of a unique individual's 21st Century Lexicon
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