personality

noun per·son·al·i·ty \ ˌpər-sə-ˈna-lə-tē , ˌpər-ˈsna- \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of personality

plural personalities
1 a : the quality or state of being a person
b : personal existence
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

  1. He has a very pleasant personality.

  2. We all have different personalities.

  3. The psychiatrist considered behavior as well as personality before prescribing a treatment.

  4. He has lots of personality.

  5. He wants to buy a car that has personality.

  6. She has met many television personalities.

  7. He was an influential personality in genetic engineering.

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Origin and Etymology of personality

Middle English personalite, from Anglo-French personalité, from Late Latin personalitat-, personalitas, from personalis

Synonym Discussion of personality

disposition, temperament, temper, character, personality mean the dominant quality or qualities distinguishing a person or group. disposition implies customary moods and attitude toward the life around one.
    • a cheerful disposition
temperament implies a pattern of innate characteristics associated with one's specific physical and nervous organization.
    • an artistic temperament
temper implies the qualities acquired through experience that determine how a person or group meets difficulties or handles situations.
    • a resilient temper
character applies to the aggregate of moral qualities by which a person is judged apart from intelligence, competence, or special talents.
    • strength of character
personality applies to an aggregate of qualities that distinguish one as a person.
    • a somber personality


PERSONALITY Defined for English Language Learners

personality

noun

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

personality

noun per·son·al·i·ty \ ˌpər-sə-ˈna-lə-tē \

Definition of personality for Students

plural personalities
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 Dictionary

personality

noun per·son·al·i·ty \ ˌpərs-ᵊn-ˈal-ət-ē, ˌpər-ˈsnal- \

medical Definition of personality

plural personalities
1 : the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual especially in relationships with others
2 a : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional tendencies
b : the organization of the individual's distinguishing character traits, attitudes, or habits

Law Dictionary

personality

noun per·son·al·i·ty

legal Definition of personality

plural personalities
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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