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[kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuh n, -truh-zey-] /ˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən, -trəˈzeɪ-/
portrayal; description:
the actor's characterization of a politician.
the act of characterizing.
the creation and convincing representation of fictitious characters.
Origin of characterization
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
1. representation, depiction, delineation. Unabridged
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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


description of character, traits, etc
the act of characterizing
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Word Origin and History for characterization

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

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