define as

define something as something

to label something as being something. I define that kind of behavior as just plain rude! We have to define that comment as careless and unthinking.
References in classic literature ?
We define the "engraphic effect" of a stimulus as the effect in making a difference between the primary and secondary indifference-states, and this difference itself we define as the "engram" due to the stimulus.
A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free People.