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 personality
And, especially when it comes to the middle, personality counts.
“We won the war,” the Fox News personality proclaimed last week.
Depending on what parts of the brain are impacted, the person can develop forms of dementia and personality changes.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury|Jean Kim|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That personality is not conducive to getting things done in Washington, at least not the Washington of today.
They may be the product of a strong personality, but they do not depend in any way on the cult of personality for their power.
They are quick to discriminate the main lines and the distinguishing traits of personality.Literature in the Elementary School|Porter Lander MacClintock
Circumstances and even accidents have their part to play, but in the main it is personality that determines the event.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume I (of 2)|George Cary Eggleston
But there is no book to which a reader can turn for a fairly full account of his achievements, and an estimate of his personality.The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders|Ernest Scott
The republic was possible with MacMahon, for after all he was a personality.France and the Republic|William Henry Hurlbert
It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses.The House in Good Taste|Elsie de Wolfe
British Dictionary definitions for personality
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for personality
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.
Medicine definitions for personality
Culture definitions for personality
The pattern of feelings, thoughts, and activities that distinguishes one person from another.