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Definition 1: (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes - [noun denoting attribute]

(character is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

(... is a kind of character ) (genetics) a character inherited on an all-or-none basis and dependent on the presence of a single gene

(character belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms

Definition 2: the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • education has for its object the formation of character

Synonyms for character in the sense of this definition

(character is a kind of ...) a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

(... is a kind of character ) a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character

(character is a part of ...) the trait of thinking carefully before acting

(character is a part of ...) a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct

"he holds a position of great responsibility"

(character is a part of ...) moral soundness

"he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business" "they admired his scrupulous professional integrity"

(... is part of character) the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual

"their different reactions reflected their very different personalities" "it is his nature to help others"

Definition 3: a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • each town has a quality all its own
  • the radical character of our demands

Synonyms for character in the sense of this definition

(character is a kind of ...) a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

"self-confidence is not an endearing property"

(... is a kind of character ) the essential quality of something

"the texture of Neapolitan life"

Definition 4: an actor's portrayal of someone in a play - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she played the part of Desdemona

Synonyms for character in the sense of this definition

(character is a kind of ...) acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

(... is a kind of character ) a small role

(... is a kind of character ) a serious (or tragic) role in a play

(... is a kind of character ) the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem

(... is a kind of character ) the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play

(... is a kind of character ) the role of the character after whom the play is named

(... is a kind of character ) the main good female character in a work of fiction

(... is a kind of character ) the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction

Definition 5: a written symbol that is used to represent speech - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the Greek alphabet has 24 characters

Synonyms for character in the sense of this definition

(character is a kind of ...) a written or printed symbol

(... is a kind of character ) a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote

(... is a kind of character ) the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech

"his grandmother taught him his letters"

(... is a kind of character ) a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing

"he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet"

(... is a kind of character ) a written character used in phonetic transcription of represent a particular speech sound

(... is a kind of character ) a character that is used to indicates a mathematical relation or operation

(... is a kind of character ) any character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Ages

"each rune had its own magical significance"

(... is a kind of character ) a graphic character used in picture writing

(... is a kind of character ) a graphic character that indicates the meaning of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it

"Chinese characters are ideograms"

(... is a kind of character ) a character conveying the lexical meaning of a logogram

(... is a kind of character ) a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote

(... is a kind of character ) a star-shaped character * used in printing

(... is a kind of character ) a sign (`%') used to indicate that the number preceding it should be understood as a proportion multiplied by 100

(... is a kind of character ) a variant form of a grapheme, as `m' or `M' or a handwritten version of that grapheme

(... is a kind of character ) a character that is added to the end of a block of transmitted data and used to check the accuracy of the transmission

(... is a kind of character ) a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character

(... is a kind of character ) a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character

(... is a kind of character ) any member of the standard code for representing characters by binary numbers

(... is a kind of character ) character consisting of two or more letters combined into one

(... is a kind of character ) one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis

"printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters"

(... is a kind of character ) the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case

(... is a kind of character ) printed characters

"small type is hard to read"

(... is a kind of character ) a shorthand character

Definition 6: a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • requests for character references are all too often answered evasively

Synonyms for character in the sense of this definition

(character is a kind of ...) something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable

Definition 7: a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a real character
  • a strange character
  • a friendly eccentric
  • the capable type
  • a mental case

Synonyms for character in the sense of this definition

(character is a kind of ...) a fully developed person from maturity onward

Definition 8: an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she is the main character in the novel

Synonyms for character in the sense of this definition

(character is a kind of ...) a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction

(... is a kind of character ) the principal character in a work of fiction

(... is an instance of character) a fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle

(... is an instance of character) the cruel slave dealer in an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe

(... is an instance of character) in the Arabian Nights a hero who tells of the fantastic adventures he had in his voyages

(... is an instance of character) a fictional beagle in a comic strip drawn by Charles Schulz

(... is an instance of character) the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment

(... is an instance of character) the boy whose upbringing was described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

(... is an instance of character) one of a race of intelligent horses who ruled the Yahoos in a novel by Jonathan Swift

(... is an instance of character) a personification of the United States government

(... is an instance of character) a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe

(... is an instance of character) the fictional storyteller of tales written in the Black Vernacular and set in the South; the tales were first collected and published in book form in 1880

(... is an instance of character) the title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning

(... is an instance of character) a male character in French pantomime; usually dressed in white with a whitened face

(... is an instance of character) a cartoon character created by Walt Disney

(... is an instance of character) a mischievous boy in a novel by Mark Twain

(... is an instance of character) the title character in a story by Washington Irving about a man who sleeps for 20 years and doesn't recognize the world when he wakens

(... is an instance of character) an imaginary inhabitant of Ruritania

(... is an instance of character) a man raised by apes who was the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs

(... is an instance of character) the boy hero of a novel by Mark Twain

(... is an instance of character) legendary follower of Robin Hood; noted for his size and strength

(... is an instance of character) a girl in a fairy tale who meets a wolf while going to visit her grandmother

(... is an instance of character) singer in a novel by George du Maurier who was under the control of the hypnotist Svengali

(... is an instance of character) fictional character created by James Thurber who daydreams about his adventures and triumphs

(... is an instance of character) one of a race of brutes resembling men but subject to the Houyhnhnms in a novel by Jonathan Swift

(... is an instance of character) a legendary king of the Britons (possibly based on a historical figure in the 6th century but the story has been retold too many times to be sure); said to have led the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot

(... is an instance of character) (Arthurian legend) the most virtuous knight of the Round Table; was able to see the Holy Grail

(... is an instance of character) (Arthurian legend) a nephew of Arthur and one of the knights of the Round Table

(... is an instance of character) (Arthurian legend) wife of King Arthur; in some versions of the legend she became Lancelot's lover and that led to the end of the Knights of the Round Table

(... is an instance of character) (Arthurian legend) one of the knights of the Round Table; friend of King Arthur until (according to some versions of the legend) he became the lover of Arthur's wife Guinevere

(... is an instance of character) fictional character in a play by George Pitt; a barber who murdered his customers

(... is an instance of character) the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically

(... is an instance of character) a fictional character in Dostoevsky's novel `Crime and Punishment'; he kills old women because he believes he is beyond the bounds of good or evil

(... is an instance of character) legendary English outlaw of the 12th century; said to have robbed the rich to help the poor

(... is an instance of character) the hero of Daniel Defoe's novel about a shipwrecked English sailor who survives on a small tropical island

(... is an instance of character) a dwarf in one of the fairy stories of the brothers Grimm; tells a woman he will not hold her to a promise if she can guess his name and when she discovers it he is so furious that he destroys himself

(... is an instance of character) a merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare

(... is an instance of character) (Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other

(... is an instance of character) (Middle Ages) the bride of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with the king's nephew (Tristan) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other

(... is an instance of character) a stock character in commedia dell'arte depicted as a boastful coward

(... is an instance of character) (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor

(... is an instance of character) the main character in a play and novel by J. M. Barrie; a boy who won't grow up

(... is an instance of character) fictional detective in novels by Erle Stanley Gardner

(... is an instance of character) a fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling

(... is an instance of character) a fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince

(... is an instance of character) a pompous reactionary cartoon character created by Sir David Low

(... is an instance of character) fictional vampire in a gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker

(... is an instance of character) the hero of a romance by Cervantes; chivalrous but impractical

(... is an instance of character) the hero of a Spanish epic poem from the 12th century

(... is an instance of character) a villainous Jew in a novel by Charles Dickens

"Fagin was a fence who trained boys as pickpockets"

(... is an instance of character) a dissolute character in Shakespeare's plays

(... is an instance of character) a fictional cat with a broad fixed smile on its face; created by Lewis Carroll

(... is an instance of character) hero of American folk tales; portrayed as an enormously strong black man who worked on the railroads and died from exhaustion after winning a contest with a steam drill

(... is an instance of character) (Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece

(... is an instance of character) an imaginary elephant that appears in a series of French books for children

(... is an instance of character) the woman who guided Dante through Paradise in the Divine Comedy

(... is an instance of character) the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon

(... is an instance of character) (fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience

(... is an instance of character) British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming

(... is an instance of character) the fictional character of a rabbit who appeared in tales supposedly told by Uncle Remus and first published in 1880

(... is an instance of character) a legendary giant lumberjack of the north woods of the United States and Canada

"Paul Bunyan had a blue ox named Babe" "the lakes of Minnesota began when Paul Bunyan and Babe's footprints filled with water"

(... is an instance of character) a Catholic priest who was the hero of detective stories by G. K. Chesterton

(... is an instance of character) an alchemist of German legend who sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for knowledge

(... is an instance of character) a 6-inch tall inhabitant of Lilliput in a novel by Jonathan Swift

(... is an instance of character) tough cynical detective (one of the early detective heroes in American fiction) created by Raymond Chandler

(... is an instance of character) fictional character created by Charles Dickens; an eternal optimist

(... is an instance of character) the imaginary author of a collection of nursery rhymes

(... is an instance of character) Japanese sleuth created by John Marquand

(... is an instance of character) the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who would not trust his wife

(... is an instance of character) an incurable optimist in a satire by Voltaire

(... is an instance of character) a character in the commedia dell'arte; portrayed as a foolish old man

(... is an instance of character) the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters

(... is an instance of character) a nonexistent person popularized by American servicemen during World War II

"Kilroy was here"

(... is an instance of character) the fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses

(... is an instance of character) the monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)

(... is an instance of character) a cartoon character created by Walt Disney

(... is an instance of character) a fictional Englishman who travels to the imaginary land of Lilliput in a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift

(... is an instance of character) the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father

(... is an instance of character) a fictional English admiral during the Napoleonic Wars in novels written by C. S. Forester

(... is an instance of character) the villain in William Shakespeare's tragedy who tricked Othello into murdering his wife

(... is an instance of character) a fictional detective in novels by Georges Simenon

(... is an instance of character) in the Arabian Nights a boy who acquires a magic lamp from which he can summon a genie

Definition 9: good repute - [noun denoting state]

Samples where character or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is a man of character

(character is a kind of ...) the state of being held in high esteem and honor

Definition 10: engrave or inscribe characters on - [verb of contact]

(character is a kind of ...) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

"engrave a pen" "engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name" "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"

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