characterization

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

Definition of characterization 

: the act of characterizing especially : the artistic representation (as in fiction or drama) of human character or motives the author's characterization of the boy as someone who wanted to be accepted by others

Examples of characterization in a Sentence

The reporter was criticized for his characterization of the people of the town as poor and uneducated. News reporting requires accurate characterization. The class discussed the author's characterization of the boy as someone who wanted to be accepted by others. The story has good characterization.
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In recent months, Engler has drawn headlines for making a controversial statement about ESPN and for offering $250,000 to a Nassar survivor during a meeting — a characterization Engler has disputed. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "John Engler involved in MSU misstep, emails show," 8 June 2018 Even his characterization of North Korea as a brutal dictatorship had grown more equivocal after meeting its 34-year-old leader. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Little mention of human rights at Trump-Kim summit," 13 June 2018 Administration officials chafe against some characterizations of Leo as the hidden hand behind Trump’s judicial picks. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Meet Leonard Leo: unassuming figure with big voice on Supreme Court nominees," 3 July 2018 Even his characterization of North Korea as a brutal dictatorship had grown more equivocal after meeting its 34-year-old leader. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Little mention of human rights at Trump-Kim summit," 13 June 2018 Even his characterization of North Korea as a brutal dictatorship had grown more equivocal after meeting its 34-year-old leader. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Once forceful on North Korean human rights abuses, Trump is mostly mum during summit with Kim," 12 June 2018 The safest characterization of recent quantitative attempts to answer the question, Do digital tools enhance democracy? Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The internet was supposed to save democracy. I asked 4 tech optimists what went wrong.," 8 June 2018 TriMet has repeatedly disputed that characterization, and the agency posted its own list of del Rocio's run-ins with transit fare officers this year. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "#TriMetWhileWhite spreads as Latina board member's case moves forward," 27 Apr. 2018 Schubert said the characterization of her as resisting reform was false. Jon Schuppe /, NBC News, "Stephon Clark killing becomes test in Sacramento DA election," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of characterization

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for characterization

see character entry 1

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characterization

noun

English Language Learners Definition of characterization

: 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

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