Definition of personality
2 a : the condition or fact of relating to a particular person; specifically : the condition of referring directly to or being aimed disparagingly or hostilely at an individual b : an offensively personal remark <angrily resorted to personalities>
3 a : the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or group; especially : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics b : a set of distinctive traits and characteristics <the energetic personality of the city>
4 a : distinction or excellence of personal and social traits; also : a person having such quality b : a person of importance, prominence, renown, or notoriety <a TV personality>
Examples of personality in a sentence
He has a very pleasant personality.
We all have different personalities.
The psychiatrist considered behavior as well as personality before prescribing a treatment.
He has lots of personality.
He wants to buy a car that has personality.
She has met many television personalities.
He was an influential personality in genetic engineering.
Origin and Etymology of personality
Middle English personalite, from Anglo-French personalité, from Late Latin personalitat-, personalitas, from personalis
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of personality
PERSONALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of personality for English Language Learners
: the set of emotional qualities, ways of behaving, etc., that makes a person different from other people
: attractive qualities (such as energy, friendliness, and humor) that make a person interesting or pleasant to be with
: attractive qualities that make something unusual or interesting
PERSONALITY Defined for Kids
Definition of personality for Students
1 : the qualities (as moods or habits) that make one human being different from others <She has a cheerful personality.>
2 : a human being's pleasing or interesting qualities <He doesn't have much personality.>
3 : a famous person
Medical Definition of personality
1: the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual especially in relationships with others
2a: the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional tendenciesb: the organization of the individual's distinguishing character traits, attitudes, or habits
Legal Definition of personality
1 : the quality, state, or fact of being a person <the corporation has legal personality>
2 : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics <a personality disorder>
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