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character

Noun

1 an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); "she is the main character in the novel" [syn: fictional character, fictitious character]
2 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" [syn: quality, lineament]
3 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 [syn: fiber, fibre]
4 an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona" [syn: role, theatrical role, part, persona]
5 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" [syn: eccentric, type, case]
6 good repute; "he is a man of character"
7 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" [syn: reference, character reference]
8 a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters" [syn: grapheme, graphic symbol] v : engrave or inscribe characters on

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Old (and modern) French caractère, from Latin character, from Greek χαρακτήρ ‘marking instrument’, from χαράσσειν ‘engrave’.

Pronunciation

/ˈkærəktə/

Noun

  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.
  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. A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.
  7. One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character. Synonymous with byte in some environments.

Translations

being in a story
symbol for a sound or a word
distinguishing feature
moral strength
notable or eccentric person
complex number (mathematics)
basic element in a text string (computing)

Extensive Definition

Character may refer to:
In symbols:
In accounting and mathematics:
In entertainment:
character in German: Charakter
character in Esperanto: Litero
character in Spanish: Carácter
character in French: Caractère
character in Japanese: キャラクター (曖昧さ回避)
character in Dutch: Karakter
character in Polish: Charakter
character in Portuguese: caractere
character in Romanian: Caracter
character in Russian: Характер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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trace, trace out, trace over, trait, tramp, transcribe, transliterate, tribe, trick, trouper, turn, turn of mind, twist, type, typical, uncharacteristic, unexpected, unfitting, unimpeachability, unimpeachableness, uniqueness, unspottedness, untypical, uprightness, upstandingness, utility man, variety, vein, vignette, villain, vinculum, virtue, virtuousness, vivid description, vogue, voucher, walk-on, walking part, warp, way, wedge, weirdo, word letter, word painting, worldling, worthiness, write, writing, written character, zealot, zombie
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