character: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kar'ik-tur), [key]
- the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.
- one such feature or trait; characteristic.
- moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.
- qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.
- reputation: a stain on one's character.
- good repute.
- an account of the qualities or peculiarities of a person or thing.
- a person, esp. with reference to behavior or personality: a suspicious character.
- an odd, eccentric, or unusual person.
- a person represented in a drama, story, etc.
- a part or role, as in a play or film.
- a symbol as used in a writing system, as a letter of the alphabet.
- the symbols of a writing system collectively.
- a significant visual mark or symbol.
- status or capacity: the character of a justice of the peace.
- a written statement from an employer concerning the qualities of a former employee.
- (esp. in 17th- and 18th-century England) a formal character sketch or descriptive analysis of a particular human virtue or vice as represented in a person or type. Cf. character sketch.
- any trait, function, structure, or substance of an organism resulting from the effect of one or more genes as modified by the environment.
- any symbol, as a number, letter, punctuation mark, etc., that represents data and that, when encoded, is usable by a machine.
- one of a set of basic symbols that singly or in a series of two or more represents data and, when encoded, is usable in a computer.
- a style of writing or printing.
- the ineffaceable imprint received on the soul through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and ordination.
- (formerly) a cipher or cipher message.
- Such behavior is not in character for him.
- in harmony with one's personal character or disposition:Such behavior is not in character for him.
- in accordance with the role or personality assumed in a performance:an actor in character.
- Her remarks were out of character.
- out of harmony with one's personal character or disposition:Her remarks were out of character.
- away from the role or personality assumed in a performance:The actor stepped out of character.
- (of a part or role) representing a personality type, esp. by emphasizing distinctive traits, as language, mannerisms, physical makeup, etc.
- (of an actor or actress) acting or specializing in such roles.
- character (Thesaurus)