character

19 ENTRIES FOUND:

1char·ac·ter

noun \ˈker-ik-tər, ˈka-rik-\

: the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves : someone's personality

: a set of qualities that are shared by many people in a group, country, etc.

: a set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or things

Full Definition of CHARACTER

1
a :  a conventionalized graphic device placed on an object as an indication of ownership, origin, or relationship
b :  a graphic symbol (as a hieroglyph or alphabet letter) used in writing or printing
c :  a magical or astrological emblem
d :  alphabet
e (1) :  writing, printing
(2) :  style of writing or printing (3) :  cipher
f :  a symbol (as a letter or number) that represents information; also :  a representation of such a symbol that may be accepted by a computer
2
a :  one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual
b (1) :  a feature used to separate distinguishable things into categories; also :  a group or kind so separated <advertising of a very primitive character>
(2) :  the detectable expression of the action of a gene or group of genes (3) :  the aggregate of distinctive qualities characteristic of a breed, strain, or type <a wine of great character>
c :  the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation <the character of the American people>
d :  main or essential nature especially as strongly marked and serving to distinguish <excess sewage gradually changed the character of the lake>
3
:  position, capacity <his character as a town official>
4
:  reference 4b
5
:  reputation <the scandal has damaged his character and image>
6
:  moral excellence and firmness <a man of sound character>
7
a :  a person marked by notable or conspicuous traits <quite a character>
b :  one of the persons of a drama or novel
c :  the personality or part which an actor recreates <an actress who can create a character convincingly>
d :  characterization especially in drama or fiction
e :  person, individual <a suspicious character>
8
:  a short literary sketch of the qualities of a social type
char·ac·ter·less \-ləs\ adjective
in character
:  in accord with a person's usual qualities or traits <behaving in character>
out of character
:  not in accord with a person's usual qualities or traits <his rudeness was completely out of character>

Examples of CHARACTER

  1. the unique character of the town
  2. The building is very simple in character.
  3. Their house has a lot of character.
  4. … this makes everyone believe not only that anyone can be a parent, but also that everyone ought to do it, even those who seem by character or inclination to be ill equipped. —Anna Quindlen, Newsweek, 27 Apr. 2009

Origin of CHARACTER

Middle English caracter, from Latin character mark, distinctive quality, from Greek charaktēr, from charassein to scratch, engrave; perhaps akin to Lithuanian žerti to scratch
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to CHARACTER

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

2char·ac·ter

transitive verb \ˈker-ik-tər, ˈka-rik-\

Definition of CHARACTER

1
archaic :  engrave, inscribe
2
a archaic :  represent, portray
b :  characterize

Examples of CHARACTER

  1. <formerly charactered as the dark ages, that period of history may not have been quite so benighted as once thought>

Origin of CHARACTER

(see 1character)
First Known Use: 1591

3char·ac·ter

adjective \ˈker-ik-tər, ˈka-rik-\

Definition of CHARACTER

1
:  capable of portraying an unusual or eccentric personality often markedly different from the player <a character actor>
2
:  requiring or involving the portrayal of an unusual or eccentric personality <a character role>

Origin of CHARACTER

(see 1character)
First Known Use: 1883

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

char·ac·ter

noun \ˈkar-ik-tər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHARACTER

1
: one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish the individual
2
: the detectable expression of the action of a gene or group of genes
3
: the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation

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