Definitions for Characterizationˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

char•ac•ter•i•za•tionˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of characterizing.

  2. portrayal; description:

    the actor's characterization of a politician.

  3. the creation of fictitious characters, as in a literary work.

    Category: Literature

Origin of characterization:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. word picture, word-painting, delineation, depiction, picture, characterization, characterisation(noun)

    a graphic or vivid verbal description

    "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"

  2. characterization, characterisation(noun)

    the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features

    "the media's characterization of Al Gore as a nerd"

  3. portrayal, characterization, enactment, personation(noun)

    acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. characterization(noun)ˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən

    the way sb describes sth

    his characterization of her as a hard worker


  1. characterization(Noun)

    The act or process of characterizing.

  2. Origin: From χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω (engrave)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Characterization(noun)

    the act or process of characterizing


  1. Characterization

    Characterization or characterisation is the art of creating characters for a narrative, including the process of conveying information about them. It is a literary element and may be employed in dramatic works of art or everyday conversation. Characters may be presented by means of description, through their actions, speech, or thoughts.


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