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
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. See More
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Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 Gravel racing seems almost designed to create cults of personality, and to feed tendencies that Rockwell views as narcissistic.
Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2022 Or that Tarantino’s cult-of-personality side is grabbing the wheel from his more thoughtful side.
David Fear, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2022 Count Sosa among the formidable ranks of San Antonio Republicans with deep roots in the party, but an unwillingness to stomach the unquestioning cult of personality that has formed around Trump.
Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Nov. 2022 The varied spacing allows for playful jewelry, as with the silver hoop and stud combo above, and adds a bit of personality to otherwise uniform lobe piercings.
Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 29 Oct. 2022 The Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping introduced the limit in 1982 to prevent a return to a Mao-style cult of personality.
Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 23 Oct. 2022 The museum seems designed to reinforce the cult of personality around Mr. Xi and suggest that his agenda has the backing of history.
Isabelle Qian, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2022 What to watch today: Observers will be closely watching to see whether Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who has already consolidated his power and built a cult of personality since taking office in 2012, will be granted any elevated honorifics.
Jessie Yeung, CNN, 21 Oct. 2022 See More
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Middle English personalite, from Anglo-French personalité, from Late Latin personalitat-, personalitas, from personalis