character
I. noun Etymology: Middle English caracter, from Latin character mark, distinctive quality, from Greek charaktēr, from charassein to scratch, engrave; perhaps akin to Lithuanian žerti to scratch Date: 14th century 1. a. a conventionalized graphic device placed on an object as an indication of ownership, origin, or relationship b. a graphic symbol (as a hieroglyph or alphabet letter) used in writing or printing c. a magical or astrological emblem d. alphabet e. (1) writing, printing (2) style of writing or printing (3) cipher f. a symbol (as a letter or number) that represents information; also a representation of such a character that may be accepted by a computer 2. a. one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual b. (1) a feature used to separate distinguishable things into categories; also a group or kind so separated <
advertising of a very primitive character
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(2) the detectable expression of the action of a gene or group of genes (3) the aggregate of distinctive qualities characteristic of a breed, strain, or type <
a wine of great character
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c. the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation <
the character of the American people
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d. main or essential nature especially as strongly marked and serving to distinguish <
excess sewage gradually changed the character of the lake
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3. position, capacity <
his character as a town official
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4. reference 4b 5. reputation <
the scandal has damaged his character and image
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6. moral excellence and firmness <
a man of sound character
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7. a. a person marked by notable or conspicuous traits <
quite a character
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b. one of the persons of a drama or novel c. the personality or part which an actor recreates <
an actress who can create a character convincingly
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d. characterization especially in drama or fiction e. person, individual <
a suspicious character
>
8. a short literary sketch of the qualities of a social type Synonyms: see disposition, quality, typecharacterless adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1591 1. archaic engrave, inscribe 2. a. archaic represent, portray b. characterize III. adjective Date: 1883 1. capable of portraying an unusual or eccentric personality often markedly different from the player <
a character actor
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2. requiring the qualities of a character actor <
a character role
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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