Definition of Character

1. Verb. Engrave or inscribe characters on.

Generic synonyms: Engrave, Grave, Inscribe, Scratch

2. Noun. An imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story). "She is the main character in the novel"

3. Noun. A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something. "The radical character of our demands"
Exact synonyms: Lineament, Quality
Generic synonyms: Attribute, Dimension, Property
Specialized synonyms: Texture
Derivative terms: Characterise, Characterise, Characteristic, Characterize, Characterize, Qualify, Qualify

4. Noun. The inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions. "Education has for its object the formation of character"
Exact synonyms: Fiber, Fibre
Generic synonyms: Trait
Group relationships: Personality
Specialized synonyms: Spirit
Terms within: Thoughtfulness, Responsibility, Responsibleness, Integrity

5. Noun. An actor's portrayal of someone in a play. "She played the part of Desdemona"

6. Noun. A person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities). "A mental case"
Exact synonyms: Case, Eccentric, Type
Generic synonyms: Adult, Grownup
Derivative terms: Type, Typic, Typify

7. Noun. Good repute. "He is a man of character"
Generic synonyms: Reputation, Repute

8. Noun. 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 too often answered evasively"
Exact synonyms: Character Reference, Reference
Generic synonyms: Good Word, Recommendation, Testimonial
Derivative terms: Characterise

9. Noun. A written symbol that is used to represent speech. "The Greek alphabet has 24 characters"

10. Noun. (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes.
Generic synonyms: Attribute
Specialized synonyms: Unit Character
Category relationships: Genetic Science, Genetics

Definition of Character

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

2. v. t. To engrave; to inscribe.

Definition of Character

1. Noun. A being involved in the action of a story. ¹

2. Noun. A written or printed symbol, or letter ¹

3. Noun. A distinguishing feature; characteristic; A complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group. ¹

4. Noun. A moral strength. ¹

5. Noun. A person with many notable or eccentric features. ¹

6. Noun. (mathematics) A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group. ¹

7. Noun. (computing) One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character. ¹

8. Noun. (informal) A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions. ¹

9. Verb. (obsolete) To write (using characters); To describe ¹

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Definition of Character

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Character

1. In current usage, approximately equivalent to personality. The sum of the relatively fixed personality traits and habitual modes of response of an individual. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Character

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Literary usage of Character

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; Or, The Preservation by Charles Darwin (1876)
"... intercrossing, isolation, number of individuals — Slow action— Extinction caused by Natural Selection—Divergence of character, related to the diversity ..."

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