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characterization

noun char·ac·ter·i·za·tion \ˌker-ik-t(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌka-rik-\

: the act of describing the character or qualities of someone or something

: the way a writer makes a person in a story, book, play, movie, or television show seem like a real person

Full Definition of CHARACTERIZATION

:  the act of characterizing; especially :  the artistic representation (as in fiction or drama) of human character or motives
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Examples of CHARACTERIZATION

  1. The reporter was criticized for his characterization of the people of the town as poor and uneducated.
  2. News reporting requires accurate characterization.
  3. The class discussed the author's characterization of the boy as someone who wanted to be accepted by others.
  4. The story has good characterization.

First Known Use of CHARACTERIZATION

1814

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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