Meaning of “characterization” in the English Dictionary

"characterization" in British English

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UK usually characterisation uk /ˌkær.ək.tə.raɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌker.ək.tə.rəˈzeɪ.ʃən/

characterization noun (IN A STORY)

[ U ] the way that people are represented in a film, play, or book so that they seem real 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 complete drunk has annoyed a lot of people.

characterization noun (QUALITY)

[ C ] the way in which something is described by stating its main qualities

(Definition of “characterization” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 home town as a boring place to live.

characterization noun (PERSON)

literature /ˌkær·ək·tər·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/ [ U ] the method by which a writer represents a person using description and speech

(Definition of “characterization” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)