noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French persone, from Latin persona actor's mask, character in a play, person, probably from Etruscan phersu mask, from Greek prosōpa, plural of prosōpon face, mask — more at prosopopoeia Date: 13th century 1. human, individual — sometimes used in combination especially by those who prefer to avoid man in compounds applicable to both sexes <
2. a character or part in or as if in a play ; guise 3. a. one of the three modes of being in the Trinitarian Godhead as understood by Christians b. the unitary personality of Christ that unites the divine and human natures 4. a. archaic bodily appearance b. the body of a human being; also the body and clothing <
unlawful search of the person
5. the personality of a human being ; self 6. one (as a human being, a partnership, or a corporation) that is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties 7. reference of a segment of discourse to the speaker, to one spoken to, or to one spoken of as indicated by means of certain pronouns or in many languages by verb inflection • personhood noun

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