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]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
character n 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, 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, character, lineament] 3: the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "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; "she played the part of Desdemona" [syn: character, 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: character, 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 too often answered evasively" [syn: character, reference, character reference] 8: a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "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 v 1: engrave or inscribe characters onMoby 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, zombieThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
An atom in a character repertoire. Compare with glyph. (1998-10-18)Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CHARACTER, evidence. The opinion generally entertained of a person derived from the common re 'port of the people who are acquainted with him. 3 Serg. & R. 336; 3 Mass. 192; 3 Esp. C. 236. 2. There are three classes of cases on which the moral character and conduct of a person in society may be used in proof before a jury, each resting upon particular and distinct grounds. Such evidence is admissible, 1st. To afford a presumption that a particular party has not been guilty of a criminal act. 2d. To affect the damages in particular cases, where their amount depends on the character and conduct of any individual; and, 3d. To impeach or confirm the veracity of a witness. 3.-1. Where the guilt of an accused party is doubtful, and the character of the supposed agent is involved in the question, a presumption of innocence arises from his former conduct in society, as evidenced by his general character, since it is not probable that a person of known probity and humanity, would commit a dishonest or outrageous act in the particular instance. Such presumptions, however, are so remote from fact, and it is frequently so difficult to estimate a person's real character, that they are entitled to little weight, except in doubtful cases. Since the law considers a presumption of this nature to be admissible, it is in principle admissible 'Whenever a reasonable presumption arises from it, as to the fact in question; in practice it is admitted whenever the character of the party is involved in the issue. See 2 St. Tr. 1038 1 Coxes Rep. 424; 5 Serg. & R. 352 3 Bibb, R. 195; 2 Bibb, R. 286; 5 Day, R. 260; 5 Esp. C. 13; 3 Camp. C. 519; 1 Camp. C. 460; Str. R. 925. Tha. Cr. Cas. 230; 5 Port. 382. 4.-2. In some instances evidence in disparagement of character is admissible, not in order to prove or disprove the commission of a particular fact, but with a view to damages. In actions for criminal conversation with the plaintiff's wife, evidence may be given of the wife's general bad character, for want of chastity, and even of particular acts of adultery committed by her, previous to her intercourse with the defendant. B. N. P. 27, 296; 12 Mod. 232; 3 Esp. C. 236. See 5 Munf. 10. In actions for slander and libel, when the defendant has not justified, evidence of the plaintiff's bad character has also been admitted. 3 Camp. C. 251; 1 M. & S. 284; 2 Esp. C. 720; 2 Nott & M'Cord, 511; 1 Nott & M'Cord, 268; and see 11 Johns. R. 38; 1 Root, R. 449; 1 Johns. R. 46; 6 Penna. St. Rep. 170. The ground of admitting such evidence is, that a person of disparaged fame is not entitled to the same measure of damages with one whose character is unblemished. When, however, the defendant justifies the slander, it seems to be doubtful whether the evidence of reports as to the conduct and character of the plaintiff can be received. See 1 M. & S. 286, n (a) 3 Mass. R. 553 1 Pick. R. 19. When evidence is admitted touching the general character of a party, it is manifest that it is to be confined to matters in reference to the nature of the, charge against him. 2 Wend. 352. 5.-3. The party against whom a witness is called, may disprove the fact& stated by him, or may examine other witnesses as to his general character; but they will not be allowed to speak of particular facts or parts of his conduct. B. N. P. 296. For example, evidence of the general character of a prosecutrix for a rape, may be given, as that she was a street walker; but evidence of specific acts of criminality cannot be admitted. 3 Carr. & P. 589. The regular mode is to inquire whether the witness under examination has the means of knowing the former witness general character, and whether from such knowledge he would believe, him on his oath. 4 St. Tr. 693; 4 Esp. C. 102. In answer to such evidence against character, the other party may cross-examine the witness as to his means of knowledge, and the grounds of his opinion; or he may attack such witness general character, and by fresh evidence support the character of his own. 2 Stark. C. 151; Id. 241; St. Ev. pt. 4, 1753 to 1758; 1 Phil. Ev. 229. A party cannot give evidence to confirm the good character of a witness, unless his general character has been impugned by his antagonist. 9 Watts, R. 124. See, in general, as to character, Phil. Ev. Index, tit. Character; Stark. Ev. pl. 4, 364 Swift's Ev. 140 to 144 5 Ohio R. 227; Greenl. Ev. Sec. 54; 3 Hill, R. 178 Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.