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A graphic or vivid verbal description.  Synonyms: characterization, delineation, depiction, picture, word-painting, word picture.  "The author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland" , "The pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
The act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features.  Synonym: characterization.

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"Characterisation" Quotes from Famous Books

... Spirit, which become qualities of the Messiah in whom He dwells, are arranged (if we may use so cold a word) in three pairs; so that, if we include the introductory designation, we have a sevenfold characterisation of the Spirit, recalling the seven lamps before the throne and the seven eyes of the Lamb in the Apocalypse, and symbolising by the number the completeness and sacredness of that inspiration. The resulting character of the Messiah is a fair picture of one who realises the very ideal ...
— Expositions of Holy Scripture - Isaiah and Jeremiah • Alexander Maclaren

... satisfaction. He would draw him out, he would set him up in that totality about which he had talked with Sir David, and none but the initiated would know. They, however, would rank the picture high, and it would be indeed six rows deep—a masterpiece of subtle characterisation, of legitimate treachery. He had dreamed for years of producing something which should bear the stamp of the psychologist as well as of the painter, and here at last was his subject. It was a pity ...
— A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly • Henry James

... Journey," and the adventures of the hero himself are reminiscent of those of Moses in "The Vicar of Wakefield." But of these two masterpieces Mackenzie's work falls short: it has none of Sterne's humour, nor has it any of Goldsmith's subtle characterisation. "The Man of Feeling" was followed in 1773 by "The Man of the World," and later by a number of miscellaneous articles and stories. Mackenzie died ...
— The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI. • Various

Words linked to "Characterisation" :   portraiture, characterise, portrait, verbal description, portrayal, epithet, description

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