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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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