(kăr′ək-tə-rē, kə-răk′-)
n. pl. character·ies
A system of characters or symbols used to express or convey thought and meaning.


(ˈkærɪktərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -teries
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the use of symbols to express thoughts
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the group of symbols so used


(ˈkær ɪk tə ri, -tri)

1. using characters or symbols to express meaning.
2. characters or symbols collectively.


1. a system of symbols used to represent ideas.
2. expression by means of such symbols.
See also: Alphabet, Representation
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The natural mood of charactery therefore ranges between self-deprecating irony and satire.
Imogen's essay in charactery seems intended to combat all the negative effects of the rhetorical exercises that have been discussed here.
Charactery sustains and offers consolation to the lost princess, who like Imogen, has just been misdirected by Welsh beggars and then awoken on the corpse of a man she supposes to be her husband.
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10) This has a salvific charactery Additionally, righteousness should be understood within the context of the covenantal relationship of God to Israel.
Instead of being overshadowed by her more famous sisters, Morrison's Anne, as several reviewers noted, is a strong and significant charactery She is enthusiastic, a mover--she wants to work, to start a school, to go to London; she is a feminist: "Just because we're women doesn't mean we can't work" (Morrison, 8).
Exceeding 150 pages, Beecher's introduction reads as a monograph on the Characters, offering extensive discussions of Overbury's life (with emphasis upon his reputed murder-by-poisoning and the subsequent court scandal), the generic influences upon charactery, the collection's publication history (particularly the ways that its editor, Lawrence Lisle, sought financially to exploit Overbury's life and writings), and the courtly, "conceited" style of Overburian contributors.
Charactery remains among the most distinctive of seventeenth-century English prose genres, in that it combines high classicism--tracing its progeny back to the Characteres ethici of Aristotle's pupil, Theophrastus--with contemporary comedy of manners.