character study

noun

Definition of character study 

1 : analysis or portrayal in literature of the traits of character of an individual

2a : a brief narrative or sketch devoted primarily to character study

b : a realistic portrait in one of the plastic arts or in photography typically of an anonymous sitter whose face or figure reveals strong personality or character traits

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First Known Use of character study

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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