Definition of caracter
1. character [ n ] an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
Examples: "she is the main character in the novel"
(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)
The sentimental pure heart of Galahad is gone with the knightly years , but I still believe_in the heart of the George_Meredith character that was not made of the stuff that breaks '' .Synonyms character fictitious_character fictional_character Related Terms imaginary_being Sherlock_Holmes Don_Quixote Uncle_Sam John_Henry Liliputian Gulliver Cinderella Huckleberry_Finn Beatrice Babar El_Cid captain_horatio_hornblower commissaire_maigret Little_John Lilliputian Mother_Goose Pangloss Pantaloon Pierrot chicken_little Tarzan Tom_Sawyer Uncle_Tom Fagin Bluebeard Ali_Baba Emile Falstaff protagonist simon_legree Little_Red_Ricing_Hood Raskolnikov Robin_Hood Rumpelstiltskin Tristan Iseult Yahoo Arthur beowulf bond cheshire_cat peter_pan colonel_blimp dracula father_brown frankenstein frankenstein goofy hamlet pluto iago Houyhnhnm kilroy king_lear marlowe micawber mr._moto othello perry_mason Faust Bunyan Argonaut sinbad snoopy Galahad Gawain Guinevere Lancelot Merlin robinson_crusoe shylock scaramouch sweeney_todd walter_mitty ruritanian svengali trilby Aladdin
2. character [ n ] a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
Examples: "each town has a quality all its own" "the radical character of our demands"
(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
The latter plays a prominent role in Roman_Catholic theology and is considered decisive , entirely apart from Scripture , in determining the ethical character of birth-prevention methods .
(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)
For both Plato and Aristotle artistic mimesis , in_contrast_to the power of dialectic , is relatively incapable of expressing the character of fundamental reality .
The mimetic character of the imaginative consciousness tends to express itself in the presentation of artistic forms and materials .
When words can be used in a more fresh and primitive way so that they strike with the force of sights and sounds , when tones of sound and colors of paint and the carven shape all strike the sensibilities with an undeniable force of data in and of themselves , compelling the observer into an attitude of attention , all this imitates the way experience itself in its deepest character strikes upon the door of consciousness and clamors for entrance .
Experience is not seen , as it is in classical rationalism , as presenting us initially with clear and distinct objects simply located in space and registering their character , movements , and changes on the tabula_rasa of an uninvolved intellect .Synonyms character quality lineament Related Terms property texture qualify characterize qualify
3. character [ n ] the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions
Examples: : "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
More_than a beautiful visualization of the illustrious adventures and escapades of the tragi-comic knight-errant and his squire , Sancho_Panza , in seventeenth century Spain , this inevitably abbreviated rendering of the classic satire on chivalry is an affectingly warm and human exposition of character .
(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
Big_Band_Percussion ( SP 44002 ) seemed one of the least attractive discs - the arrangements just did n't have so much character as the others .
(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
Pansies have character .
(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
In short , gymnastics uses every part of the body and requires a great_deal of character as_well .
(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
We talk_about national character in the same way that Copernicus talked of the compulsions of celestial_bodies to move in circles .Synonyms character fibre fiber Related Terms trait spirit personality responsibility integrity thoughtfulness
4. character [ n ] an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
Examples: "she played the part of Desdemona"
(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
The voices of all the characters , including that of Cherkasov , have richness , roughness or color to conform with the personalities .
Though his character is broader and more comically rounded than the don , he gives it a firmness and toughness - a sort_of peasant dignity - too .
It is really as though the Russians have seen in this character the oftentimes underlying vitality and courage of supposed buffoons .
(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
The conversation of the characters creates an atmosphere suggesting the usual mixture of pleasures , foibles , irritations , and concerns which would characterize the common life of a normal village in any age .
Instead , the audience can sit_back at_ease and , from the perspective of an enlightened time which no_longer believes_in such things , enjoy the dead seriousness with which the characters in the play take the witches and devils which are under discussion .Synonyms part role character persona theatrical_role Related Terms portrayal hero heroine villain bit_part ingenue heavy title_role impersonate
5. character [ n ] a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
Examples: "a real character" "a strange character" "a friendly eccentric" "the capable type" "a mental case"
(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
Or_else the North really believes that all Southerners except a_few quaint old characters have come_around to realizing the errors of their past , and are now at_heart sharers of the American_Dream , like everybody else .
(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)
The place smelt of some kind of hair lotion these pimp like characters use .Synonyms type character case eccentric Related Terms adult type
6. character [ n ] a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
Examples: "requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"
(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
Replies to requests for character reference are notorious for their evasive double-entendre .Synonyms reference character character_reference Related Terms recommendation qualify
7. character [ n ] good repute
Examples: "he is a man of character"
(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)
The more I probed into this young_man 's activities and character , the less savory I found him .Synonyms character Related Terms repute
8. character [ v ] engrave or inscribe characters onSynonyms character Related Terms engrave
9. character [ n ] a written symbol that is used to represent speech
Examples: "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"