- any symbol, as a number, letter, punctuation mark, etc., that represents data and that, when encoded, is usable by a machine.
- one of a set of basic symbols that singly or in a series of two or more represents data and, when encoded, is usable in a computer.
- (of a part or role) representing a personality type, especially by emphasizing distinctive traits, as language, mannerisms, physical makeup, etc.
- (of an actor or actress) acting or specializing in such roles.
Idioms about character
- in harmony with one's personal character or disposition: Such behavior is not in character for him.
- in accordance with the role or personality assumed in a performance: an actor in character.
- out of harmony with one's personal character or disposition: Her remarks were out of character.
- away from the role or personality assumed in a performance: The actor stepped out of character.
Origin of character
synonym study for character
OTHER WORDS FROM characterchar·ac·ter·less, adjectiveun·char·ac·tered, adjective
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MORE ABOUT CHARACTER
What does character mean?
A character is a person in a story, as in Princess Leia is my favorite Star Wars character.
A character is someone who appears in a story, whether the story is fiction or nonfiction. It can also be used to refer to a role in a play or film that an actor plays, as in Tony’s character in the play doesn’t have any lines, but he’s still important to the plot.
Character is also the collection of features and traits that make a person’s image and personality, as in Ishir’s character was one of honesty and friendship. If someone seems characterless, they don’t have traits that stand out, although everyone has personality traits.
Character can also refer to a person’s moral or ethical quality. If you are a person of good character, you are trustworthy and reliable.
Related to that, if you have character, you are honest and courageous or have integrity.
Additionally, a character is a specific symbol or image that is used in writing messages. The words you are reading are written in letters, or characters, that make up the Latin alphabet. Punctuation marks and numerals (1, IX) are also characters. They are called symbols as well.
Example: I can’t believe that my favorite character died in the show last night.
Where does character come from?
The first records of the term character come from around the 1270s. It ultimately comes from the Greek charaktḗr, meaning “graving tool or its mark.” A character meaning “mark” can refer to a symbol or a letter.
In acting, the idioms in character and out of character are used to describe whether an actor is speaking as their role (in character) or as themselves (out of character). You can also use these idioms to describe how someone is acting. If your brother usually sleeps until noon, it is in character for him to sleep until noon and out of character to sleep only until 10 am.
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What are some other forms related to character?
- characterful (adjective)
- characterless (adjective)
- uncharactered (adjective)
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How is character used in real life?
As a letter or symbol, character almost always references a written work. As a trait, it normally references a specific person.
if you wanna see the true character of person watch the way they treat someone who can't do anything for them.
— ye (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
Reading lots of feedback regarding Dragon Age, and I think you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused.
Too early to talk details, but when we talk about “live” it just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story.
— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) January 25, 2018
why does creating a password require a capital letter, number, special character, and math problem but someone can just accidentally press the wrong button to send ballistic missle alerts
— manny (@mannyfidel) January 13, 2018
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Is character used correctly in the following sentence?
It takes a lot of character to leave your hometown and start all over.
How to use character in a sentence
When I was offered this, I was extremely pleased because he’s an interesting character.Christopher Plummer on his new series ‘Departure’ and acting in different formats|radmarya|September 16, 2020|Fortune
In preparing to play the twisted character, Paulson studied the novel and the film in detail and even borrowed some gestures from the movie.
A recent survey from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, for example, found that 38% of characters featured in advertisements at the 2019 Cannes Lions festival were people of color, compared to 26% in 2006, the earliest available data.
While for the video titles, we don’t have too many characters to work with, the video description field allows more characters than enough, so take the full advantage of those.How to get your YouTube videos appear in Google’s video carousel|Ann Smarty|September 11, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Female speaking characters have only marginally increased over the last 13 years, reaching 34% in 2019.Despite some gains in the past year, Hollywood still has inclusion problems, study says|radmarya|September 10, 2020|Fortune
Taraji manages to bring an equal measure of truth to the mother in her character.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I still do find it a tremendously useful device to invent a character and have the character sing the song.
You were basically the guy to do every dictator or crazy character, from Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad to Bin Laden.
Our fans have seen all our sketches, so we wanted to give them something a little deeper about each character.
Forget those silly “games played with the ball”; they are far “too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”
I, therefore, deliver it as a maxim, that whoever desires the character of a proud man ought to conceal his vanity.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
It is the development of character, the triumph of intellectuality and spirituality I have striven to express.'Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
She never realized that the reserve of her own character had much, perhaps everything, to do with this.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Messa urges the king to send a new governor, and gives his advice as to the character of him who should be sent.
Some peculiar lines between these contracted brows gave a character of ferocity to this forbidding and sensual face.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for character
- reputation, esp a good reputation
- (as modifier)character assassination
Derived forms of charactercharacterful, adjectivecharacterless, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with character
see in character; out of character.