Personality
Personality Per`son*al"i*ty, n.; pl. {Personalities}. [Cf. F. personnalit['e]. Cf. {Personality}.] 1. That which constitutes distinction of person; the externally evident aspects of the character or behavior of a person; individuality. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Personality is individuality existing in itself, but with a nature as a ground. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

2. Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks; as, indulgence in personalities. [1913 Webster]

Sharp personalities were exchanged. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

4. A person who is famous or notable; a celebrity. [PJC]


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