If you write a play portraying your workplace as comically disorganized and woefully inefficient, you better hope it makes money, because your boss may fire you for this characterization. The word characterization describes how something is represented.

When you break apart the word characterization it’s easy to figure out what it means. Character tells you that this word will likely involve the qualities a person or thing has. The -ization ending means it is a noun — the act of doing something. You can use the word characterization to describe the depiction of a character in a book or a movie, or also as a way a particular person, group, or event is portrayed, such as a journalist’s characterization of a political enemy.

Definitions of characterization

n the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features

“the media's characterization of Al Gore as a nerd”
Type of:
the act of describing something

n a graphic or vivid verbal description

“the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters”
characterisation, delineation, depiction, picture, word picture, word-painting
descriptive word or phrase
portrait, portraiture, portrayal
a word picture of a person's appearance and character
Type of:
description, verbal description
a statement that represents something in words

n acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

characterisation, enactment, personation, portrayal
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an impressionistic portrayal of a person
character, part, persona, role, theatrical role
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
bit part, minor role
a small role
a serious (or tragic) role in a play
the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
name part, title role
the role of the character after whom the play is named
the main good female character in a work of fiction
baddie, villain
the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
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acting, performing, playacting, playing
the performance of a part or role in a drama

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