"characterization" in the noun sense
1. word picture, word-painting, delineation, depiction, picture, characterization, characterisation
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"
2. characterization, characterisation
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features
"the media's characterization of Al Gore as a nerd"
3. portrayal, characterization, enactment, personation
acting the part of a character on stage dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
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