1. portrayal; description: the actor’s characterization of a politician.
  2. the act of characterizing or describing the individual quality of a person or thing.
  3. the creation and convincing representation of fictitious characters, as in a literary work.


  1. description of character, traits, etc
  2. the act of characterizing

1560s, “marking out of a precise form;” see characterize + -ation. Meaning “description of essential features” is from 1814.

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