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I give them as characterizing the tone of her sadder moments.

This feature, therefore, is not useful in characterizing this subspecies.

Candor compels me to admit that I was characterizing myself.

Enumerate the expressions Shelley uses in characterizing the song.

Otherwise, he will miss much that is significant and characterizing in their actions.

Phytography, relates to characterizing and describing plants.

So far as characterizing the acts we are charged with in the indictment, there can be no difficulty whatever.

Some eccentricity in language is remembered as characterizing Mr. George.

Delsarte, in practice, excelled in characterizing these shades of difference.

This, he said, was the true innuendo-way of characterizing, used by detractors.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "to engrave, write," back-formation from characterization, or else from Medieval Latin characterizare, from Greek kharakterizein "to designate by a characteristic mark," from kharakter (see character). Meaning "to describe the qualities of" is recorded from 1630s; that of "to be characteristic" is from 1744. Related: Characterized; characterizing.

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