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Noun: character  ker-ik-tur [N. Amer], ka-rik-tu(r) [Brit]
  1. An imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play, film or story)
    "she is the main character in the novel";
    - fictional character, fictitious character
  2. A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    "the radical character of our demands";
    - quality, lineament
  3. The inherent complex of attributes that determines a person's moral and ethical actions and reactions
    "education has for its object the formation of character";
    - fiber [US], fibre [Brit, Cdn]
  4. An actor's portrayal of someone in a play
    "she played the character of Desdemona";
    - role, theatrical role, part, persona
  5. A person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
    "a real character"; "a strange character";
    - 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 too often answered evasively";
    - reference, character reference
  8. A written symbol that is used to represent speech
    "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters";
    - graph, grapheme, graphic symbol
  9. (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes
Verb: character  ker-ik-tur [N. Amer], ka-rik-tu(r) [Brit]
  1. Engrave or inscribe characters on

Derived forms: characters, charactering, charactered

Type of: adult, attribute, characterization, dimension, enactment, engrave, good word, grave [archaic], grownup, imaginary being, imaginary creature, inscribe, personation, portrayal, printed symbol, property, recommendation, reputation, repute, scratch, testimonial, trait, written symbol

Part of: personality

Encyclopedia: Character, Sacramental