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1 a person who is widely known and usually much talked about
  • a local television personality who is beloved by area residents

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2 the set of qualities that make a person different from other people
  • she's got a great personality

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3 the set of qualities that makes a person, a group of people, or a thing different from others
  • it has never been in the nation's personality to adhere to a rigid class system

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4 an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • every debate that was supposedly about the issues quickly degenerated into a juvenile exchange of personalities

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Frequently Asked Questions About personality

How is the word personality distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of personality are character, disposition, temperament, and temper. While all these words mean "the dominant quality or qualities distinguishing a person or group," personality applies to an aggregate of qualities that distinguish one as a person.

a somber personality

When is it sensible to use character instead of personality?

Although the words character and personality have much in common, character applies to the aggregate of moral qualities by which a person is judged apart from intelligence, competence, or special talents.

strength of character

In what contexts can disposition take the place of personality?

In some situations, the words disposition and personality are roughly equivalent. However, disposition implies customary moods and attitude toward the life around one.

a cheerful disposition

When would temper be a good substitute for personality?

While in some cases nearly identical to personality, temper implies the qualities acquired through experience that determine how a person or group meets difficulties or handles situations.

a resilient temper

When is temperament a more appropriate choice than personality?

The words temperament and personality can be used in similar contexts, but temperament implies a pattern of innate characteristics associated with one's specific physical and nervous organization.

an artistic temperament

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The first known use of personality was in the 15th century

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“Personality.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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