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Meaning of character by Wiktionary Dictionary

character


    Etymology

    From Middle English caracter, from Old French caractere, from Latin character, from Ancient Greek χαρακτήρ ( kharaktēr, “type, nature, character” ), from χαράσσω ( kharassō, “I engrave” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈkʰæɹəktɚ/, /ˈkʰɛɹəktɚ/

    Noun

    character ( plural: characters )

    1. A being involved in the action of a story.
    2. A written or printed symbol, or letter
    3. A distinguishing feature; characteristic; A complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group .
      A study of the suspect's character and his cast iron alibi ruled him out .
    4. A moral strength .
      "You may not like to eat liver," said Calvin's father, "but it builds character."
    5. A person with many notable or eccentric features .
    6. ( mathematics ) A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group .
    7. ( computing ) One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character .
    8. ( informal ) A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions .
      We saw a shady character slinking out of the office with some papers .

    Usage notes

    A comparison of character and reputation: It would be well if character and reputation were used distinctively. In truth, character is what a person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be. Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of others. Character is injured by temptations, and by wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels. Character endures throughout defamation in every form, but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression; reputation may last through numerous transgressions, but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded, accusation or aspersion .

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Explanation of character by Wordnet Dictionary

character


    Verb
    1. engrave or inscribe characters on

    Noun
    1. an attribute ( structural or functional ) that is determined by a gene or group of genes

    2. the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions

    3. education has for its object the formation of character- Herbert Spencer
    4. a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

    5. the radical character of our demands
    6. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

    7. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability

    8. requests for character references are all too often answered evasively
    9. a written symbol that is used to represent speech

    10. the Greek alphabet has 24 characters
    11. an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction ( play or film or story )

    12. she is the main character in the novel
    13. a person of a specified kind ( usually with many eccentricities )

    14. a real character
      a strange character
    15. good repute

    16. he is a man of character


    Definition of character by GCIDE Dictionary

    character


    1. Character n. [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractère.]

      1. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.

      It were much to be wished that there were throughout the world but one sort of character for each letter to express it to the eye. Holder.

      2. Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar form of letters used by a particular person or people; as, “an inscription in the Runic character”.

      You know the character to be your brother's? Shak.

      3. The peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a person or thing really is; nature; disposition.

      The character or that dominion. Milton.

      Know well each Ancient's proper character;

      His fable, subject, scope in every page;

      Religion, Country, genius of his Age. Pope.

      A man of . . . thoroughly subservient character. Motley.

      4. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, “he has a great deal of character”.

      5. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, “a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion”.

      6. Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty; as, “in the miserable character of a slave; in his character as a magistrate; her character as a daughter”.

      7. The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation; as, “a man's character for truth and veracity; to give one a bad character”.

      This subterraneous passage is much mended since Seneca gave so bad a character of it. Addison.

      8. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant. [Colloq.]

      9. A unique or extraordinary individuality; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who illustrates certain phases of character; as, “Randolph was a character; Cæsar is a great historical character”.

      10. One of the persons of a drama or novel.

      ☞ “It would be well if character and reputation were used distinctively. In truth, character is what a person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be. Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of others. Character is injured by temptations, and by wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels. Character endures throughout defamation in every form, but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression; reputation may last through numerous transgressions, but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded, accusation or aspersion.” Abbott.

    2. Character, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charactered]

      1. To engrave; to inscribe. [R.]

      These trees shall be my books.

      And in their barks my thoughts I 'll character. Shak.

      2. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize. [R.] Mitford.