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Meaning of “characterization” in the English Dictionary

"characterization" in British English

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characterizationnoun

(UK usually characterisation) uk   /ˌkær.ɪk.tə.raɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌker.ɪk.tə.rɪ-/
  • characterization noun (IN A STORY)

[U] the way that ​people are ​represented in a ​film, ​play, or ​book so that they ​seemreal and ​natural: The ​plots in her ​books are very ​strong but there's ​almost no characterization. The film's characterization of the ​artist as a ​completedrunk has ​annoyed a lot of ​people.
  • characterization noun (QUALITY)

[C] the way in which something is ​described by ​statingitsmainqualities
(Definition of characterization from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"characterization" in American English

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characterizationnoun

  • characterization noun (QUALITY)

literature us   /ˌkær·ək·tər·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/ [C] a ​description of the most ​typical or ​important characteristics of someone or something: I don’t ​agree with ​your characterization of my ​hometown as a ​boringplace to ​live.
  • characterization noun (PERSON)

literature /ˌkær·ək·tər·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/ [U] the ​method by which a ​writerrepresents a ​person using ​description and ​speech
(Definition of characterization from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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