follow Dictionary.com

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same?

characterization

[kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuh n, -truh-zey-] /ˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən, -trəˈzeɪ-/
noun
1.
portrayal; description:
the actor's characterization of a politician.
2.
the act of characterizing.
3.
the creation and convincing representation of fictitious characters.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Medieval Latin charactērizāt(us) marked (past participle of charactērizāre to characterize; see -ate1) + Latin -iōn- -ion
Related forms
recharacterization, noun
self-characterization, noun
Synonyms
1. representation, depiction, delineation.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for characterization
  • Again, it's this type of characterization that has led to legislation to ban certain dogs.
  • The lampooning seems rather reckless today and the characterization overbroad.
  • Needless to say, the authors of these books--accomplished theoretical physicists, all three--don't buy this characterization.
  • Those measurements help with diagnosis, research, characterization and planning treatment of eye health issues.
  • Despite the intended mis-characterization, the same is true of today's scientists.
  • The company has also been performing additional product characterization and conducting further animal studies.
  • Your characterization that all reputable studies say biofuels are to blame is not even close to accurate.
  • Its lab allows characterization of materials and composites on the nano scale.
  • Visibility in response is an interesting characterization.
  • For anyone remotely familiar with these industry leaders, such a characterization is nothing short of ridiculous.
British Dictionary definitions for characterization

characterization

/ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
description of character, traits, etc
2.
the act of characterizing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for characterization
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for characterization

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for characterization

32
34
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with characterization