“They will die,” Fugate responded with characteristic bluntness.
And, of course, Kinney shares her love of singing with Beth—a characteristic she tries to manifest visually, too.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, with characteristic deference to facts, denounced the authors as "ultra, ultra liberal."
characteristic char·ac·ter·is·tic (kār'ək-tə-rĭs'tĭk)
The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa.