English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'characterize'

(verb) 
Definition
to be a characteristic of
This election campaign has been characterized by violence.
Synonyms
distinguish
one of the things that distinguishes artists from other people
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mark
The style is marked by simplicity, clarity and candour.
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brand
The owner couldn't be bothered to brand the cattle.
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inform
All great songs are informed by a certain sadness and tension.
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stamp
They had stamped me as a bad woman.
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typify
These buildings typify the rich extremes of the local architecture.
(verb) 
Definition
to describe
He has often been characterized as lazy and incompetent.
Synonyms
portray
complaints about the way women are portrayed in adverts
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show
What made you decide to show your paintings?
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present
He was presented as a tragic figure.
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represent
The cartoonist represents him as an old man in a dressing gown.
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depict
Children's books often depict animals as gentle creatures.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of brand
Definition
to label, burn, or mark with or as if with a brand
The owner couldn't be bothered to brand the cattle.
Synonyms
in the sense of depict
Definition
to describe in words
Children's books often depict animals as gentle creatures.
in the sense of inform
Definition
to impart some essential or formative characteristic to
All great songs are informed by a certain sadness and tension.

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