the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.
one such feature or trait; characteristic.
moral or ethical quality:a man of fine, honorable character.
qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity:It takes character to face up to a bully.
reputation:a stain on one's character.
an account of the qualities or peculiarities of a person or thing.
a person, esp. with reference to behavior or personality:a suspicious character.
Informal Termsan odd, eccentric, or unusual person.
Literature, Show Businessa person represented in a drama, story, etc.
Literature, Show Businessa part or role, as in a play or film.
Linguisticsa symbol as used in a writing system, as a letter of the alphabet.
Linguisticsthe symbols of a writing system collectively.
a significant visual mark or symbol.
status or capacity:the character of a justice of the peace.
a written statement from an employer concerning the qualities of a former employee.
Literature(esp. in 17th- and 18th-century England) a formal character sketch or descriptive analysis of a particular human virtue or vice as represented in a person or type. Cf. character sketch.
Geneticsany trait, function, structure, or substance of an organism resulting from the effect of one or more genes as modified by the environment.
any symbol, as a number, letter, punctuation mark, etc., that represents data and that, when encoded, is usable by a machine.
one of a set of basic symbols that singly or in a series of two or more represents data and, when encoded, is usable in a computer.
Literature, Printinga style of writing or printing.
Religion[Rom. Cath. Theol.]the ineffaceable imprint received on the soul through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and ordination.
(formerly) a cipher or cipher message.
in harmony with one's personal character or disposition:Such behavior is not in character for him.
in accordance with the role or personality assumed in a performance:an actor in character.
Idiomsout of character:
out of harmony with one's personal character or disposition:Her remarks were out of character.
Show Businessaway from the role or personality assumed in a performance:The actor stepped out of character.
Show Business(of a part or role) representing a personality type, esp. by emphasizing distinctive traits, as language, mannerisms, physical makeup, etc.
(of an actor or actress) acting or specializing in such roles.
to portray; describe.
to engrave; inscribe.
Latin, as above
Greek charakté̄r graving tool, its mark, equivalent. to charak- (base of charáttein to engrave) + -tēr agent suffix; replacing Middle English caractere
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedCharacter,individuality,personality refer to the sum of the characteristics possessed by a person. Character refers esp. to moral qualities, ethical standards, principles, and the like:a man of sterling character.Individuality refers to the distinctive qualities that make one recognizable as a person differentiated from others:a woman of strong individuality.Personality refers particularly to the combination of outer and inner characteristics that determine the impression that a person makes upon others:a child of vivid or pleasing personality.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged name, repute. See reputation.