Definitions of character

  1.   To inscribel to engrave.
  2.   an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; " she played the part of Desdemona"
  3.   a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; " requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"
  4.   Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character.
  5.   An assumed part; also, the person holding it.
  6.   engrave or inscribe characters on
  7.   an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction ( play or film or story); " she is the main character in the novel"
  8.   a written symbol that is used to represent speech; " the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
  9.   To engrave; to inscribe.
  10.   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.
  11.   a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; " each town has a quality all its own"; " the radical character of our demands"
  12.   A letter; peculiar qualities; reputation; person.
  13.   A mark made by culting, engraving, or writing a letter or sign; a peculiar form of letter; peculiar distinctive, qualities; the qualities which distinguish an individual or an office; good moral qualities; decided qualities; a description exhibiting qualities; certificate of qualities; person or personage.
  14.   good repute; " he is a man of character"
  15.   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.
  16.   A figure; mark; sign; letter.
  17.   To inscribe; to engrave. Generic characters, those which constitute a genus. Specific characters, those which distinguish a species.
  18.   To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize.
  19.   A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant.
  20.   A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.
  21.   A letter, sign, or figure; reputation; nature; moral force; quality; rank; distinctive qualities; a person in a play.
  22.   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.
  23.   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; Caesar is a great historical character.
  24.   In current usage, approximately equivalent to personality. The sum of the relatively fixed personality traits and habitual modes of response of an individual.
  25.   To impress, engrave, or depict; characterize.
  26.   A letter, sign, or figure: the peculiar qualities of a person or thing: a description of the qualities of a person or thing: a person with his peculiar qualities.
  27.   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.
  28.   the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; " education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
  29.   Reputation.
  30.   Mental or moral quality, or qualities, good or bad; also, moral excellence.
  31.   A mark cut on any thing; a mark or figure to represent a sound, as a letter or a note in music a picture to convey an idea; manner of writing, speaking, or acting; peculiar qualities in a person; an account or representation of the qualities of a person or thing; moral excellence; reputation.
  32.   Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion.
  33.   One of the persons of a drama or novel.
  34.   a person of a specified kind ( usually with many eccentricities); " a real character"; " a strange character"; " a friendly eccentric"; " the capable type"; " a mental case"

Quotes of character

  1. I enjoy my job as long as I can create a character otherwise it's boring. – Javier Bardem
  2. The only way I can be there and really get into the character is if I'm her. – Lacey Chabert
  3. Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose. – Evan Esar
  4. The character is close to me, except that I haven't lived through those situations, so it's not completely me. – Charlotte Gainsbourg
  5. When you watch it, you're like, Wow. I look like that. But it doesn't feel like that at all. It was about communicating with Gale Harold and getting across what I wanted to say about the character – Randy Harrison
  6. You just drop a character like this that and the other and it's done. – Terrence Howard
  7. I think the more the actor lets you know what he thinks of the character the less the audience cares- like a comedian who laughs at his own jokes. – Neil LaBute
  8. A lot of people think I'm that guy in 'Betsy's Wedding', but I'm not. What it is for me is that, on some level, I connect with the character emotionally. – Anthony LaPaglia
  9. I do think that it's extremely important with this character show her assuming power with a great deal of grace, and find out how to do things she won't like- the things she's called upon to do. – Mary McDonnell
  10. What's great about being a character actor is you know that you can survive forever. It's not about the gloss of your eyebrows. – Martin Short
  11. As time went on, I did campaign to lighten the character a little bit, to introduce some romance into the episodes, outside activities, horse riding and fencing and mountaineering. – Patrick Stewart
  12. If I was a bad character that got away with murder like we see on other shows, I do not think I would like it because that sends a message that you can do these horrible things and never pay for it. – Hunter Tylo
  13. My character Lena is somebody who responds to people in a very simple way. I didn't have to take myself off to a darkened room to concentrate, I just had to try and be open. It's an interesting, subtle relationship. – Emily Watson
  14. They did that little thing on South Park, and they mentioned my name and had a character of me judging a Halloween contest. It was really funny. That made me the coolest aunt on earth. – Tina Yothers
  15. This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. – Lin Yutang

Usage examples for character

  1. He is a bad character – Tom Swift and his Electric Locomotive or, Two Miles a Minute on the Rails by Victor Appleton
  2. “ Williamson knew something about women, but, for the most part, they were not women of very high character – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  3. John Blaykling, the farmer's son, was a man of strong character – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  4. You know the character of the person with whom I have to do. ” – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  5. Truth here has an 'eternal' character – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  6. She is a character a person by herself." ” – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  7. “ Demme, sir, do you mean to say anything against her character – The Politician Out-Witted by Samuel Low
  8. And so to my bookseller's, and there carried home some books- among others, " Dr. Wilkins's Reall Character and thence to Mrs. Turner's, and there went and sat, and she showed me her house from top to bottom, which I had not seen before, very handsome, and here supped, and so home, and got Mercer, and she and I in the garden singing till ten at night, and so home to a little supper, and then parted, with great content, and to bed. ” – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  9. “ " I hope I made his character clear enough," he said. ” – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  10. In that character he might listen to her, when he would not to me. ” – What Will He Do With It, Book 10. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  11. That a thing is present can be known only by the fact that a message from the thing is sent along the nerves, and what the thing is must be determined from the character of the message. ” – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  12. Oh, what a judge of character – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  13. I've a new man in the character part. ” – Jane Journeys On by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  14. “ There's never been a breath against his character – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  15. You don't exactly want to act in that character – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  16. “ I tell you you don't understand my character – You-Never-Can-Tell by Shaw, Bernard
  17. But I leave my character behind me. ” – The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 by Ministry of Education
  18. The truth is, you mistake his character – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  19. “ " She's a character he said. ” – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  20. Even in every- day life men judge of truth by character – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry

Idioms for character