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CHARACTERIZATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does characterization mean? 

CHARACTERIZATION (noun)
  The noun CHARACTERIZATION has 3 senses:

1. a graphic or vivid verbal description
2. the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features
3. acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

  Familiarity information: CHARACTERIZATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHARACTERIZATION (noun)


Sense 1characterization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A graphic or vivid verbal description

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

word picture; depiction; delineation; characterization; characterisation; word-painting; picture

Context examples:

too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures / the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland / the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters

Hypernyms ("characterization" is a kind of...):

description; verbal description (a statement that represents something in words)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "characterization"):

epithet (descriptive word or phrase)

portrait; portraiture; portrayal (a word picture of a person's appearance and character)


Sense 2characterization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

characterisation; characterization

Context example:

the media's characterization of Al Gore as a nerd

Hypernyms ("characterization" is a kind of...):

description (the act of describing something)


Sense 3characterization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

personation; portrayal; characterization; enactment

Hypernyms ("characterization" is a kind of...):

acting; performing; playacting; playing (the performance of a part or role in a drama)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "characterization"):

impression (an impressionistic portrayal of a person)

character; part; persona; role; theatrical role (an actor's portrayal of someone in a play)


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