characterism

characterism

(ˈkærɪktərɪzəm)
n
1. the description of character
2. a characteristic quality, a distinctive characteristic
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(34.) Joseph Hall, "The Characterism of the Ambitious," in Characters of Vertues and Vices in Two Bookes (London: Eleazar Edgar and Samuel Macham, 1608), 155.
She chooses the relatively neutral system of an alphabetized dictionary, unlike Mary Pilkington or the anonymous author of Characterism, or the Modern Age display'd (1750), both of whom didactically arranged their work according to character types.
(79) Characterism: or, The Modern Age Display'd, being an Attempt to Expose the Pretended Virtues of Both Sexes (London, [1750]), 166 (emphasis in the original); cf.