self-char·​ac·​ter·​i·​za·​tion ˌself-ˌker-ik-t(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce self-characterization (audio)
plural self-characterizations
: the act of describing one's own character or qualities : a characterization of oneself
her self-characterization as a sci-fi geek
[David] Adler relies on what citizens say about their own ideology. … But do these self-characterizations represent how moderate or radical they are?Matthijs Rooduijn

Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-characterization was in 1888

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“Self-characterization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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