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1. The act or an instance of characterizing.
2. A description of qualities or peculiarities: a list of places of interest, with brief characterizations of each.
3. Representation of a character or characters on the stage or in writing, especially by imitating or describing actions, gestures, or speeches.


(ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən) or


1. description of character, traits, etc
2. the act of characterizing


(ˌkær ɪk tər əˈzeɪ ʃən)

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.characterization - a graphic or vivid verbal descriptioncharacterization - 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"
description, verbal description - a statement that represents something in words
epithet - descriptive word or phrase
portrait, portraiture, portrayal - a word picture of a person's appearance and character
2.characterization - the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features; "the media's characterization of Al Gore as a nerd"
description - the act of describing something
3.characterization - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
impression - an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny impression of a politician"
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"


[ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən] N (in novel) → caracterización f


characterisation [ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən] (British) n
(= depiction of character) → manière f de décrire les personnages; [hero, heroine, villain] → caractérisation f
(= description) → description f


n (in a novel etc) → Personenbeschreibung f; (of one character)Charakterisierung f


[ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃn] n (in novel) → caratterizzazione f


(ˈkӕrəktə) noun
1. the set of qualities that make someone or something different from others; type. You can tell a man's character from his handwriting; Publicity of this character is not good for the firm.
2. a set of qualities that are considered admirable in some way. He showed great character in dealing with the danger.
3. reputation. They tried to damage his character.
4. a person in a play, novel etc. Rosencrantz is a minor character in Shakespeare's `Hamlet'.
5. an odd or amusing person. This fellow's quite a character!
6. a letter used in typing etc. Some characters on this typewriter are broken.
ˌcharacterˈistic adjective
(negative uncharacteristic) typical (of a person etc). He spoke with characteristic shyness; That kind of behaviour is characteristic of him.
a typical quality. It is one of his characteristics to be obstinate.
ˌcharacteˈristically adverb
ˈcharacterize, ˈcharacterise verb
1. to be the obvious feature of. The giraffe is characterized by its long neck.
2. to describe (as). She characterized him as weak and indecisive.
ˌcharacteriˈzation, ˌcharacteriˈsation noun
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