Personality definition

pûrsə-nălĭ-tē
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The collection of distinctive qualities of a person, especially those distinguishing personal characteristics that make one socially appealing.

Won the election more on personality than on capability.

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The totality of qualities and traits, as of character or behavior, that are peculiar to a specific person.
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The quality or condition of being a person.
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The distinctive characteristics of a place or situation.

Furnishings that give a room personality.

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An offensive or disparaging personal remark.

Let's not engage in personalities.

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The totality of qualities and traits, as of character or behavior, that are peculiar to a specific person.
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A person of prominence or notoriety.

Television personalities.

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A person.
  • A notable person; personage.
  • A person known for appearances on TV, radio, etc.
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The totality of qualities that distinguish a group, organization, or place.

The personality of the business changed dramatically over the years.

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A person as the embodiment of distinctive traits of mind and behavior.
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(archaic) The quality or fact of being a particular person; personal identity; individuality.
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Remarks, usually of an offensive or disparaging nature, aimed at or referring to a person.
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The sum of such qualities seen as being capable of making, or likely to make, a favorable impression on other people.
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The totality of behavioral traits that are peculiar to a specific nonhuman animal.

A hyena with an assertive personality.

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Qualities of any individual as expressed by attitudes and physical and mental activities; distinctive individual qualities of a person, considered collectively.
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The complex of qualities and characteristics seen as being distinctive to a group, nation, place, etc.
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(informal) Personal attractiveness; engaging manner or qualities.
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The totality of qualities that distinguish a group, organization, or place.

The personality of the business changed dramatically over the years.

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A set of qualities that make a person (thing) distinct from another.

The president has a unique personality.

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An assumed role or manner of behavior.

My work PC emulates a Windows personality.

In his final act, the comedian takes on a child's personality.

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Johnny Carson was a respected television personality.

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Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.

The best contestant shows most personality.

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Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks.

Indulgence in personalities.

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(law) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons.

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The totality of behavioral traits that are peculiar to a specific nonhuman animal.

A hyena with an assertive personality.

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Personality is the combination of qualities and characteristics of a person.

An example of personality is charismatic.

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(archaic) The quality or fact of being a person; personhood.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
personality
Plural:
personalities

Origin of personality

  • Middle English personalite from Old French from Late Latin persōnālitās from Latin persōnālis personal from persōna person person

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English personalite, from Middle French, from Late Latin persōnālitās.

    From Wiktionary