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.
Origin and Etymology of characterization
First Known Use: 1841
CHARACTERIZATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of characterization for English Language Learners
: 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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