Definition of characterization noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -isation) noun
    BrE BrE//ˌkærəktəraɪˈzeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkærəktərəˈzeɪʃn//
    [uncountable, countable] Elements of a story
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  1. 1the way that a writer makes characters in a book or play seem real a work of comic brilliance and masterly characterization The film is worth seeing for its fine characterizations. See related entries: Elements of a story
  2. 2(formal) the way in which somebody/something is described or defined synonym portrayal This is an unfair characterization of the Prime Minister.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: characterization