Character
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. 2000.

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