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Definition of 'character'


  1. an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); "she is the main character in the novel"
       Synonyms: fictional character fictitious character
  2. a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"
       Synonyms: quality lineament
  3. the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
       Synonyms: fiber fibre
  4. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
       Synonyms: role theatrical role part persona
  5. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
       Synonyms: eccentric type case
  6. good repute; "he is a man of character"
  7. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; "requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"
       Synonyms: reference character reference
  8. a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
       Synonyms: grapheme graphic symbol
  9. (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes


  1. engrave or inscribe characters on

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