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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.
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(ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən) or


1. description of character, traits, etc
2. the act of characterizing
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(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.
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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"
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[ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən] N (in novel) → caracterización f
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characterisation [ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən] (British) n
(= depiction of character) → manière f de décrire les personnages; [hero, heroine, villain] → caractérisation f
(= description) → description f
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n (in a novel etc) → Personenbeschreibung f; (of one character)Charakterisierung f
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[ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃn] n (in novel) → caratterizzazione f
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(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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But this encompassment of her own characterization, based on shreds of convention, peopled by phantoms and voices antipathetic to her, was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess's fancy--a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.
For the finer artistic graces, also, and the structural subtilties of a more developed literary period, we must not, of course, look in 'Beowulf.' The narrative is often more dramatic than clear, and there is no thought of any minuteness of characterization. A few typical characters stand out clearly, and they were all that the poet's turbulent and not very attentive audience could understand.
- Economic IV Analyzers are entry-level analyzers that are available for a range of IV characterizations and feature resolution down to 10 fA.
Some specific topics covered are product integration and characterization on probability laws, bivariate Lukacs-type regression characterization, and characterizations of distributions by conditional expectations of generalized order statistics.
Stout's series of Nero Wolfe-Archie Goodwin detective mysteries is notable for its colorful, pointed dialog and larger-than-life characterizations. Wolfe, equally famous for his genius and the volumes he eats and drinks, sits rooted in his comfortable desk chair, sending his tough-talking, manly man sidekick Goodwin out into the world to uncover clues and bring them back to him so he can use his remarkable deductive powers to solve the crime.
Two complex, contradictory, gendered characterizations of Snyder emerged from the public discourse surrounding her case: in one, Snyder was a woman (a "Bloody Blonde"), but one who must die in the electric chair regardless of her sex.
NIST researchers reported new, high sensitivity compositional characterizations of RP-1 fuels and new metrological quality property results for density, viscosity, heat capacity, and thermal conductivity with temperatures extending beyond a decomposition limit (near 600 K) and pressures to about 70 MPa.
Proposed studies must involve characterizations of human subjects and must include individuals who have COPD.
In summary, remarkable advances in molecular genetics have allowed rapid and precise identifications of viruses and of their genomes; however, such characterizations thus far can provide only limited information about the phenotype and disease potential of a virus.
Clark's strategy is to use the rich and interesting work on multidimensional scaling pioneered by Nelson Goodman in The Structure of Appearance to provide "topic neutral" characterizations of qualitative states such as (appearing) red, smelling like lilacs, and tasting salty; his goal is to develop individuating descriptions of these states that conform to our intuitions about the similarities and differences among them.
On the other, The Black Cat Club frequently lapses into stereotyped-based situations and, especially, characterizations that owe more to minstrelsy than to African-American life, creating images of ignorance and vulgarity that caricature as much as they represent that "Negro life" Corrothers claims to have revealed.

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