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3 definitions found
 for characterization
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Characterization \Char`ac*ter*i*za"tion\, n.
     The act or process of characterizing.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  characterization
      n 1: a graphic or vivid verbal description; "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" [syn: word picture, word-painting,
           delineation, depiction, picture, characterization,
           characterisation]
      2: the act of describing distinctive characteristics or
         essential features; "the media's characterization of Al Gore
         as a nerd" [syn: characterization, characterisation]
      3: acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically
         representing the character by speech and action and gesture
         [syn: portrayal, characterization, enactment,
         personation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  182 Moby Thesaurus words for "characterization":
     acting, action, alphabet, anagnorisis, angle, aping,
     architectonics, architecture, argument, art, atmosphere,
     background, blueprint, buffoonery, business, cameo, catalog,
     cataloging, catastrophe, character, character sketch, charactering,
     chart, choreography, color, complication, continuity, contrivance,
     conventional representation, dance notation, definition,
     delineation, demonstration, denomination, denotation, denouement,
     depiction, depictment, description, design, designation, details,
     development, device, diagram, differentiation, disclosure,
     distinction, drama, drawing, dumb show, embodiment, enacting,
     enactment, episode, evocation, exemplification, expression, fable,
     falling action, figuration, fingering, gag, gimmick,
     graphic account, ham, hammy acting, hieroglyphic, hint, hoke,
     hokum, iconography, identification, ideogram, illustration, image,
     imagery, imaging, imitation, impersonation, impression,
     incarnation, incident, indication, indicativeness, itemization,
     letter, limning, line, local color, logogram, logograph,
     manifestation, map, masquerade, meaning, mimesis, mimicking,
     mimicry, miming, mood, motif, movement, mummery, musical notation,
     mythos, naming, notation, overacting, pantomime, pantomiming,
     particularization, patter, performance, performing, peripeteia,
     personation, personification, photograph, picking out, pictogram,
     picture, picturization, plan, playacting, playing, plot, pointing,
     pointing out, pointing to, portrait, portraiture, portrayal,
     posing, prefigurement, presentment, printing, profile, projection,
     realization, recognition, rendering, rendition, representation,
     rising action, schema, scheme, score, script, secondary plot,
     selection, show, showing, signification, sketch, slant, slapstick,
     specification, stage business, stage directions, stage presence,
     story, structure, stunt, subject, subplot, suggestion, switch,
     syllabary, symbol, symptomaticness, tablature, taking a role,
     thematic development, theme, tone, topic, twist, vignette,
     vivid description, word painting, writing
  
  

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