mischaracterized

characterize

[kar-ik-tuh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), characterized, characterizing.
1.
to mark or distinguish as a characteristic; be a characteristic of: Rich metaphors characterize his poetry.
2.
to describe the character or individual quality of: He characterized her in a few well-chosen words.
3.
to attribute character to: to characterize him as a coward.
Also, especially British, characterise.


Origin:
1585–95; < Medieval Latin charactērizāre < Greek charaktērízein. See character, -ize

characterizable, adjective
characterizer, noun
mischaracterize, verb (used with object), mischaracterized, mischaracterizing.
noncharacterized, adjective
recharacterize, verb (used with object), recharacterized, recharacterizing.
uncharacterized, adjective
well-characterized, adjective
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characterize or characterise (ˈkærɪktəˌraɪz)
 
vb
1.  to be a characteristic of: loneliness characterized the place
2.  to distinguish or mark as a characteristic
3.  to describe or portray the character of
 
characterise or characterise
 
vb
 
'characterizable or characterise
 
adj
 
'characterisable or characterise
 
adj
 
'characterizer or characterise
 
n
 
'characteriser or characterise
 
n

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characterize
1591, "to engrave, write," from M.L. characterizare, from Gk. kharakterizein "to designate by a characteristic mark," from kharakter (see character). Meaning "to describe the qualities of" is recorded from 1633; that of "to be characteristic" is from 1744.
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