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character

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a written or printed mark that is meant to convey information to the reader
  • the pictorial characters of the ancient Egyptians had long been a mystery

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2 a person of odd or whimsical habits
  • the junk dealer is certainly a character, but he's as honest as they come

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4 overall quality as seen or judged by people in general
  • the general character of the business appears to be good

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5 something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind
  • one of the distinguishing characters of mammals

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6 the set of qualities that make a person different from other people
  • she regards each of her children as having a distinctive character that should be valued for what it is

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7 the set of qualities that makes a person, a group of people, or a thing different from others
  • the basic character of the work requires that an employee be able to work quietly and independently

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8 a member of the human race
  • you wouldn't believe what kind of characters hang around the bus station

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character

verb

Synonyms of character (Entry 2 of 2)

to point out the chief quality or qualities of an individual or group
  • formerly charactered as "the dark ages," that period of history may not have been quite so benighted as once thought

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Frequently Asked Questions About character

How is the word character different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of character are attribute, property, and quality. While all these words mean "an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified," character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class.

remarks of an unseemly character

When might attribute be a better fit than character?

The words attribute and character can be used in similar contexts, but attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being.

the attributes of a military hero

When can property be used instead of character?

The synonyms property and character are sometimes interchangeable, but property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species.

the property of not conducting heat

In what contexts can quality take the place of character?

The meanings of quality and character largely overlap; however, quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic.

material with a silky quality

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The first known use of character was in the 14th century

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“Character.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/character. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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