1. an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story);
- Example: "she is the main character in the novel"
[syn: fictional character, fictitious character, character]
2. a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something;
- Example: "each town has a quality all its own"
- Example: "the radical character of our demands"
[syn: quality, character, lineament]
3. the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions;
- Example: "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
[syn: character, fiber, fibre]
4. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play;
- Example: "she played the part of Desdemona"
[syn: character, role, theatrical role, part, persona]
5. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities);
- Example: "a real character"
- Example: "a strange character"
- Example: "a friendly eccentric"
- Example: "the capable type"
- Example: "a mental case"
[syn: character, eccentric, type, case]
6. good repute;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"
[syn: character, reference, character reference]
8. a written symbol that is used to represent speech;
- Example: "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
[syn: character, grapheme, graphic symbol]
9. (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes;
1. engrave or inscribe characters on;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Character \Char"ac*ter\, n. [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. ?, fr. ? to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caract[`e]re.] [1913 Webster] 1. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol. [1913 Webster] It were much to be wished that there were throughout the world but one sort of character for each letter to express it to the eye. --Holder. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] You know the character to be your brother's? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] The character or that dominion. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Know well each Ancient's proper character; His fable, subject, scope in every page; Religion, Country, genius of his Age. --Pope. [1913 Webster] A man of . . . thoroughly subservient character. --Motley. [1913 Webster] 4. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character. [1913 Webster] 5. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] 7. 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. [1913 Webster] This subterraneous passage is much mended since Seneca gave so bad a character of it. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 8. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 9. 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; C[ae]sar is a great historical character. [1913 Webster] 10. One of the persons of a drama or novel. [1913 Webster] Note: "It would be well if character and reputation were used distinctively. In truth, character is what a person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be. Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of others. Character is injured by temptations, and by wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels. Character endures throughout defamation in every form, but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression; reputation may last through numerous transgressions, but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded, accusation or aspersion." --Abbott. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Character \Char"ac*ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charactered.] [1913 Webster] 1. To engrave; to inscribe. [R.] [1913 Webster] These trees shall be my books. And in their barks my thoughts I 'll character. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize. [R.] --Mitford. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
An atom in a character repertoire. Compare with glyph. (1998-10-18)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
633 Moby Thesaurus words for "character": Adamite, Altmann theory, DNA, De Vries theory, Galtonian theory, Mendelianism, Mendelism, RNA, Roscius, VIP, Verworn theory, Weismann theory, Weismannism, Wiesner theory, abnormal, accent, accent mark, acclaim, actor, actress, advocacy, advocating, advocation, affection, alien, allele, allelomorph, alphabet, alphabetic character, alphabetize, animus, antagonist, antihero, aptitude, arbitrary, aroma, arrowhead, assured probity, attribute, atypical, autolithograph, bad guy, badge, banner, bar, barnstormer, bastard, bat, be a printmaker, being, bent, bias, big shot, big-timer, bigwig, binary digit, bird, birth, birthmark, bit, bit part, blamelessness, blood, body, body-build, brand, breed, bring to life, bugger, cachet, cameo, cancel, capacity, capitalize, card, carve, case, cast, cat, catalog, cataloging, catch a likeness, celebrity, certificate of character, chap, character actor, character man, character reference, character sketch, character woman, characteristic, characteristics, characterization, characterize, chart, chief, child actor, chisel, chromatid, chromatin, chromosome, cipher, clan, cleanness, clothing, color, complexion, composition, condition, configuration, constituents, constitution, courage, cove, crackpot, crank, crasis, crease, creature, credential, cribble, crosshatch, cue, cuneiform, customer, custos, cut, decency, delineate, delineation, demotic character, denomination, depict, depiction, describe, description, designation, details, determinant, determinative, determiner, device, dharma, diagram, diathesis, differentia, differential, digit, dignitary, direct, diseur, diseuse, disposition, distinction, distinctive feature, dot, dramatizer, draw, duck, duty, earmark, earthling, eccentric, eccentricity, eclat, emblem, eminence, enchase, endowment, engrave, erectness, erratic, estimableness, ethos, eugenics, evocation, evoke, expected, express, expression mark, factor, fairness, fame, famousness, fanatic, fat part, feather, feature, feeder, feller, fellow, fermata, fiber, figure, fitting, flake, flavor, foil, footing, form, frame, freak, function, furrow, gene, genesiology, genetic code, genetics, genius, genre, genus, give words to, glory, good character, goodness, grain, grammalogue, graph, grapheme, graphic account, grave, groove, groundling, gust, guy, habit, hallmark, hand, hatch, head, heavy, hereditability, heredity, heritability, heritage, hermit, hero, heroine, hieratic symbol, hieroglyph, hieroglyphic, hieroglyphics, high ideals, high principles, high-mindedness, hiragana, histrio, histrion, hit off, hobo, hold, homo, honesty, honor, honorableness, hue, human, human being, humor, humors, ideogram, ideograph, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, ilk, image, imagery, immaculacy, impress, impression, in character, in keeping, inborn capacity, incise, inclination, index, indicant, indicator, individual, individualism, individuality, ingenue, inheritability, inheritance, initial, inscribe, insignia, integrity, intellect, intelligence, irreproachability, irreproachableness, itemization, jasper, job, joker, justice, justness, juvenile, kana, katakana, key signature, keynote, kidney, kin, kind, kook, kudos, label, lad, lead, lead role, leading lady, leading man, leading woman, leaning, letter, letter of introduction, lexigraphic character, life, ligature, limn, limning, line, lineaments, lines, lithograph, living soul, logogram, logograph, lone wolf, loner, loony, lot, make, make prints, makeup, man, manner, mannerism, map, mark, marking, matinee idol, matrocliny, maverick, measure, mental set, meshuggenah, metronomic mark, mettle, mime, mimer, mimic, mind, mind-set, mold, monogram, monologist, moral excellence, moral strength, morality, mortal, mummer, nabob, name, natural, nature, nobility, nonconformist, normal, nose, notability, notate, notation, note, notoriety, notoriousness, number, numeral, numero, nut, odd fellow, oddball, oddity, odor, office, ogham, one, original, out of character, outline, outsider, paint, pantomime, pantomimist, pariah, part, particularity, particularization, party, patrocliny, patronage, pause, peculiar, peculiarity, person, personage, personality, persuasion, pharmacogenetics, phonetic, phonetic character, phonetic symbol, photograph, phylum, physique, pictogram, pictograph, pictographic character, picture, picturize, piece, place, playactor, player, point, popularity, portrait, portraiture, portray, portrayal, position, predilection, predisposition, preference, presa, principles, print, probity, proclivity, profile, propensity, proper, property, protagonist, protean actor, province, publicity, pureness, purity, quality, queer duck, queer fish, queer specimen, quirk, quiz, race, radical, rank, rara avis, recessive character, reciter, reclame, recluse, recognition, recommend, recommendation, rectitude, reference, register, relation, render, rendering, rendition, renown, replication, report, represent, representation, representative, reputability, reputation, repute, resolution, respectability, righteousness, role, rub, rune, savor, schematize, score, scrape, scratch, screwball, sculpture, seal, segno, set, set forth, shape, shorthand, side, sigil, sign, signal, signature, single, singularity, situation, sketch, slant, slur, smack, solitary, somatotype, somebody, someone, sort, soubrette, soul, specialty, species, specification, spirit, spook, stage performer, stage player, stainlessness, stamp, standing, state, station, status, stipple, stooge, straight man, straight part, strain, strange duck, streak, stripe, stroller, strolling player, stud, style, suchness, suitable, supporting character, supporting role, sure sign, swell, syllabic, symbol, symbolize, symptom, system, taint, take a rubbing, tang, taste, telltale sign, tellurian, temper, temperament, tempo mark, tendency, tenor, terran, testimonial, the bubble reputation, the like of, the likes of, theatrical, thespian, tie, time signature, title role, token, tone, tool, 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