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

1. using characters or symbols to express meaning.
2. characters or symbols collectively.
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1. a system of symbols used to represent ideas.
2. expression by means of such symbols.
See also: Alphabet, Representation
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‡ Fairies use flowers for their charactery. - Merry Wives of Windsor.
Charactery. I think if I keep getting better hopefully there could be interesting parts."
As we have seen in the earlier instances of his poetry and letters, Keats's sense of mediation relies on a residual system of figuration emanating from scriptural obscurity, and remains mostly tied to textual media, encompassing language, poetry, writing, and books: from the linguistic "darkness" of Bertha's book to the volume itself, from "charactery" to the "high piled books" that contain them ("When I have fears that I may cease to be" [3]).
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).
(10) This has a salvific charactery Additionally, righteousness should be understood within the context of the covenantal relationship of God to Israel.
The genre of the charactery itself is also rigidly artificial, inspired by classical prototypes (notably Seneca) and intended to allow authors to show their skills at pithy, succinct descriptions of appearance and actions.
They explore such dimensions of the plays as Renaissance family politics and The Taming of the Shrew; gender, sexuality, and theories of exchange in The Merchant of Venice; charactery; and Dryden, Vigney's Othello, and British cultural expansion.
Constellation charactery. My dictionary defines charactery as "a system of written letters or symbols used in the expression of thought." We all know that the lines we use to connect the stars to form a constellation pattern are a human attempt to impose order on an otherwise disorderly assortment of lights.
The art of charactery, as the aftermath of Mark Antony's disquisition on honor points out, can also be violent.
Later, he hopes that the debate over torture won't focus on the "almost tragi-comedy of who did what and when but on the status of torture in the American charactery
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.