Definitions of character

  1. engrave or inscribe characters on
  2. 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
  3. 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"
  4. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; " she played the part of Desdemona"
  5. 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"
  6. a written symbol that is used to represent speech; " the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
  7. 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"
  8. good repute; " he is a man of character"
  9. an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction ( play or film or story); " she is the main character in the novel"
  10. Reputation.
  11. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character.
  15. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant.
  19. 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.
  20. One of the persons of a drama or novel.
  21. To engrave; to inscribe.
  22. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize.
  23. In current usage, approximately equivalent to personality. The sum of the relatively fixed personality traits and habitual modes of response of an individual.
  24. A letter, sign, or figure; reputation; nature; moral force; quality; rank; distinctive qualities; a person in a play.
  25. 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.
  26. A letter; peculiar qualities; reputation; person.
  27. To impress, engrave, or depict; characterize.
  28. Mental or moral quality, or qualities, good or bad; also, moral excellence.
  29. An assumed part; also, the person holding it.
  30. A figure; mark; sign; letter.
  31. 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.
  32. To inscribe; to engrave. Generic characters, those which constitute a genus. Specific characters, those which distinguish a species.
  33. 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.
  34. To inscribel to engrave.

Usage examples for character

  1. I tell you you don't understand my character – You-Never-Can-Tell by Shaw, Bernard
  2. John Blaykling, the farmer's son, was a man of strong character – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  3. You don't exactly want to act in that character – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. " 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
  5. There's never been a breath against his character – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  6. I've a new man in the character part. – Jane Journeys On by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  7. Even in every- day life men judge of truth by character – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  8. She is a character a person by herself." – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Truth here has an 'eternal' character – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  13. He is a bad character – Tom Swift and his Electric Locomotive or, Two Miles a Minute on the Rails by Victor Appleton
  14. Oh, what a judge of character – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  15. 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
  16. " She's a character he said. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  17. Demme, sir, do you mean to say anything against her character – The Politician Out-Witted by Samuel Low
  18. The truth is, you mistake his character – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  19. 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
  20. But I leave my character behind me. – The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 by Ministry of Education