noun, plural per·son·al·i·ties.
- the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual.
- the organized pattern of behavioral characteristics of the individual.
Origin of personality
Examples from the Web for personalities
Contemporary Examples of personalities
But the rift was, not least, a matter of personalities and egos.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels
November 11, 2014
If you think about who did become stars, they were all personalities.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
Foxx sat down with The Daily Beast in New York to discuss everything from his superhero flick to Fox News personalities.Jamie Foxx on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Donald Sterling’s Racism, and Bill O’Reilly’s TV Act
April 28, 2014
What about people who, as a result of a TBI, had their personalities altered completely?New Research Shows Half of All Homeless Have Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury
April 28, 2014
No, this rancid bill of goods is also being by peddled by Fox News personalities.The Right’s Dangerous Rhetoric: Obama as an ‘Enemy Combatant’
February 10, 2014
Historical Examples of personalities
This is distinctly unfair to these old churches which have personalities and idiosyncrasies as real as those of individuals.Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1
Elise Whitlock Rose
One wonders if they are going to be allowed, like their fathers and mothers, to have personalities to lose.The Lost Art of Reading
Gerald Stanley Lee
It was not conducted with more discretion, and there were as many gross personalities in its columns.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
It is far less despicable to rob houses of things of mercantile value, than to rob characters and reputations and personalities.A Woman of the World
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Mr. D. closed with saying that he had attended only to the reasoning of the gentlemen, and not to their personalities.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
noun plural -ties
late 14c., "quality or fact of being a person," from Medieval Latin personalitatem (nominative personalitas), from Late Latin personalis (see personal). Sense of "a distinctive character" is first recorded 1795, from French personnalité.
Personality is the supreme realization of the innate idiosyncrasy of a living being. It is an act of courage flung in the face of life, the absolute affirmation of all that constitutes the individual, the most successful adaptation to the universal conditions of existence, coupled with the greatest possible freedom of self-determination. [C.G. Jung, 1875-1961]
Meaning "person whose character stands out from that of others" is from 1889. Personality cult is attested from 1956.
The pattern of feelings, thoughts, and activities that distinguishes one person from another.