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English noun: character

1. character (person) an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)


SamplesShe is the main character in the novel.


Synonymsfictional character, fictitious character


Broader (hypernym)imaginary being, imaginary creature


Instance hyponymagonist, Aladdin, Ali Baba, Argonaut, Arthur, Babar, Beatrice, Beowulf, Bluebeard, Bond, Brer Rabbit, Bunyan, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Cheshire cat, Chicken Little, Cinderella, Colonel Blimp, Commissaire Maigret, Don Quixote, Dracula, El Cid, Emile, Fagin, Falstaff, Father Brown, Faust, Faustus, Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Frankenstein's monster, Galahad, Gawain, Goofy, Guenevere, Guinevere, Gulliver, Hamlet, Holmes, Horatio Hornblower, Houyhnhnm, Huck Finn, Huckleberry Finn, Iago, Inspector Maigret, Iseult, Isolde, James Bond, John Henry, Kilroy, King Arthur, King Lear, Lancelot, Lear, Lilliputian, Little John, Little Red Riding Hood, Marlowe, Merlin, Micawber, Mother Goose, Mr. Moto, Othello, Pangloss, Pantaloon, Paul Bunyan, Perry Mason, Peter Pan, Philip Marlowe, Pied Piper, Pied Piper of Hamelin, Pierrot, Pluto, protagonist, Raskolnikov, Rip van Winkle, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, Rodya Raskolnikov, Rumpelstiltskin, Ruritanian, Scaramouch, Scaramouche, Sherlock Holmes, Shylock, Simon Legree, Sinbad, Sinbad the Sailor, Sir Galahad, Sir Gawain, Sir John Falstaff, Sir Lancelot, Snoopy, Svengali, Sweeney Todd, Tarzan, Tarzan of the Apes, Todd, Tom Sawyer, Trilby, Tristan, Tristram, Uncle Remus, Uncle Sam, Uncle Tom, Walter Mitty, Wilkins Micawber, Yahoo

2. character (cognition) a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something


SamplesEach town has a quality all its own.
The radical character of our demands.


Synonymslineament, quality


Broader (hypernym)attribute, dimension, property


Narrower (hyponym)texture

3. character (attribute) the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions


SamplesEducation has for its object the formation of character.


Synonymsfiber, fibre


Broader (hypernym)trait


Narrower (hyponym)spirit


Part holonymintegrity, responsibility, responsibleness, thoughtfulness


Part meronympersonality

4. character (cognition) an actor's portrayal of someone in a play


SamplesShe played the part of Desdemona.


Synonymspart, persona, role, theatrical role


Broader (hypernym)characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal


Narrower (hyponym)baddie, bit part, heavy, hero, heroine, ingenue, minor role, name part, title role, villain

5. character (person) a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)


SamplesA real character.
A strange character.
A friendly eccentric.
The capable type.
A mental case.


Synonymscase, eccentric, type


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

6. character (state) good repute


SamplesHe is a man of character.


Broader (hypernym)reputation, repute

7. character (communication) a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability


SamplesRequests for character references are all too often answered evasively.


Synonymscharacter reference, reference


Broader (hypernym)good word, recommendation, testimonial

8. character (communication) a written symbol that is used to represent speech


SamplesThe Greek alphabet has 24 characters.


Synonymsgrapheme, graphic symbol


Broader (hypernym)printed symbol, written symbol


Narrower (hyponym)allograph, alphabetic character, ASCII character, asterisk, blank, capital, capital letter, check character, dagger, diesis, double dagger, double obelisk, ideogram, ideograph, inferior, letter, letter of the alphabet, ligature, lower-case letter, lowercase, majuscule, mathematical symbol, minuscule, obelisk, percent sign, percentage sign, phonetic symbol, pictograph, radical, rune, runic letter, small letter, space, star, stenograph, subscript, superior, superscript, type, upper-case letter, uppercase

9. character (attribute) (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes


Broader (hypernym)attribute


Narrower (hyponym)unit character


Domain categorygenetic science, genetics


English verb: character

1. character (contact) engrave or inscribe characters on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)engrave, grave, inscribe, scratch









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