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(1)   (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes
(2)   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
(3)   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"
(4)   An actor's portrayal of someone in a play
"She played the part of Desdemona"
(5)   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"
(6)   A written symbol that is used to represent speech
"The Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
(7)   An imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
"She is the main character in the novel"
(8)   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"
(9)   Good repute
"He is a man of character"


(10)   Engrave or inscribe characters on


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  1. A being involved in the action of a story.
  2. A written or printed symbol, or letter
  3. A distinguishing feature; characteristic; A complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group.
  4. A moral strength.
    "You may not like to eat liver," said Calvin's father, "but it builds character."
  5. A person with many notable or eccentric features.
  6. A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.
  7. One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character. Synonymous with byte in some environments.

Usage notes

A comparison of character and reputation: It would be well if character and reputation were used distinctively. In truth, character is what a person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be. Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of others. Character is injured by temptations, and by wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels. Character endures throughout defamation in every form, but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression; reputation may last through numerous transgressions, but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded, accusation or aspersion.

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