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character

noun

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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

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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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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

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

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“Character.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/character. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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