HyperDic: character

English > 10 senses of the word character:
NOUNperson character, fictional character, fictitious characteran imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
cognitioncharacter, quality, lineamenta characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
attributecharacter, fiber, fibrethe inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions
cognitioncharacter, role, theatrical role, part, personaan actor's portrayal of someone in a play
person character, eccentric, type, casea person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
statecharactergood repute
communicationcharacter, reference, character referencea formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
communicationcharacter, graph, grapheme, graphic symbola written symbol that is used to represent speech
attributecharacter(genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes
VERBcontactcharacterengrave or inscribe characters on
character > pronunciation
Soundskeh'rihkter
Rhymesabductor ... zoster: 649 rhymes with ter...
English > character: 10 senses > noun 1, person
MeaningAn imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story).
Example"she is the main character in the novel"
Synonymsfictional character, fictitious character
InstancesAladdinIn the Arabian Nights a boy who acquires a magic lamp from which he can summon a genie
Ali BabaThe fictional woodcutter who discovered that 'open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment
Argonaut(Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
Arthur, King ArthurA 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)
BabarAn imaginary elephant that appears in a series of French books for children
BeatriceThe woman who guided Dante through Paradise in the Divine Comedy
BeowulfThe legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century
Bluebeard(fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women
Bond, James BondBritish secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming
Brer RabbitThe fictional character of a rabbit who appeared in tales supposedly told by Uncle Remus and first published in 1880
Bunyan, Paul BunyanA legendary giant lumberjack of the north woods of the United States and Canada
Cheshire catA fictional cat with a broad fixed smile on its face
Chicken LittleA fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling
CinderellaA fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince
Colonel BlimpA pompous reactionary cartoon character created by Sir David Low
Don QuixoteThe hero of a romance by Cervantes
Draculafictional vampire in a gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker
El CidThe hero of a Spanish epic poem from the 12th century
EmileThe boy whose upbringing was described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
FaginA villainous Jew in a novel by Charles Dickens
Falstaff, Sir John FalstaffA dissolute character in Shakespeare's plays
Father BrownA Catholic priest who was the hero of detective stories by G. K. Chesterton
Faust, FaustusAn alchemist of German legend who sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for knowledge
FrankensteinThe fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Frankenstein, Frankenstein's monsterThe monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)
Galahad, Sir Galahad(Arthurian legend) the most virtuous knight of the Round Table
Gawain, Sir Gawain(Arthurian legend) a nephew of Arthur and one of the knights of the Round Table
GoofyA cartoon character created by Walt Disney
Guinevere, Guenevere(Arthurian legend) wife of King Arthur
GulliverA fictional Englishman who travels to the imaginary land of Lilliput in a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift
HamletThe hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father
Horatio Hornblower, Captain Horatio HornblowerA fictional English admiral during the Napoleonic Wars in novels written by C. S. Forester
HouyhnhnmOne of a race of intelligent horses who ruled the Yahoos in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Huckleberry Finn, Huck FinnA mischievous boy in a novel by Mark Twain
IagoThe villain in William Shakespeare's tragedy who tricked Othello into murdering his wife
Inspector Maigret, Commissaire MaigretA fictional detective in novels by Georges Simenon
Iseult, Isolde(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
John Henryhero of American folk tales
KilroyA nonexistent person popularized by American servicemen during World War II
Lancelot, Sir Lancelot(Arthurian legend) one of the knights of the Round Table
Lear, King LearThe hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters
LilliputianA 6-inch tall inhabitant of Lilliput in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Little Johnlegendary follower of Robin Hood
Little Red Riding HoodA girl in a fairy tale who meets / meets a wolf while going to visit her grandmother
Marlowe, Philip Marlowetough cynical detective (one of the early detective heroes in American fiction) created by Raymond Chandler
Merlin(Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
Micawber, Wilkins Micawberfictional character created by Charles Dickens
Mother GooseThe imaginary author of a collection of nursery rhymes
Mr. MotoJapanese sleuth created by John Marquand
OthelloThe hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who would not trust his wife
PanglossAn incurable optimist in a satire by Voltaire
PantaloonA character in the commedia dell'arte
Perry Masonfictional detective in novels by Erle Stanley Gardner
Peter PanThe main character in a play and novel by J. M. Barrie
Pied Piper, Pied Piper of HamelinThe title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning
PierrotA male character in French pantomime
PlutoA cartoon character created by Walt Disney
Raskolnikov, Rodya RaskolnikovA fictional character in Dostoevsky's novel 'Crime and Punishment'
Rip van WinkleThe 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
Robin Hoodlegendary English outlaw of the 12th century
Robinson CrusoeThe hero of Daniel Defoe's novel about a shipwrecked English sailor who survives on a small tropical island
RumpelstiltskinA dwarf in one of the fairy stories of the brothers Grimm / Grimm
RuritanianAn imaginary inhabitant of Ruritania
Scaramouch, ScaramoucheA stock character in commedia dell'arte depicted as a boastful coward
Sherlock Holmes, HolmesA fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle
ShylockA merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare
Simon LegreeThe cruel slave dealer in an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Sinbad the Sailor, SinbadIn the Arabian Nights a hero who tells of the fantastic adventures he had in his voyages
SnoopyA fictional beagle in a comic strip drawn by Charles Schulz
SvengaliThe musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically
Tarzan, Tarzan of the ApesA man raised by apes who was the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Todd, Sweeney Toddfictional character in a play by George Pitt
Tom SawyerThe boy hero of a novel by Mark Twain
Trilbysinger in a novel by George du Maurier who was under the control of the hypnotist Svengali
Tristan, Tristram(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
Uncle RemusThe fictional storyteller of tales written in the Black Vernacular and set in the South
Uncle SamA personification of the United States government
Uncle TomA servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Walter Mittyfictional character created by James Thurber who daydreams about his adventures and triumphs
YahooOne of a race of brutes resembling men but subject to the Houyhnhnms in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Narrowerprotagonist, agonistThe principal character in a work of fiction
Broaderimaginary being, imaginary creatureA creature / creature of the imagination
Spanishpersonaje ficticio
Catalanpersonatge fictici
English > character: 10 senses > noun 2, cognition
MeaningA characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something.
Example "the radical character of our demands"
Synonymsquality, lineament
NarrowertextureThe essential quality of something
Broaderproperty, attribute, dimensionA construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
Spanishcalidad, característica, carácter
Catalancaracterística, qualitat
Adjectivescharacteristictypical or distinctive / distinctive
Verbscharacterize, characterisedescribe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
characterize, characterisebe characteristic of
English > character: 10 senses > noun 3, attribute
MeaningThe inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions.
Example"education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
Synonymsfiber, fibre
Part ofpersonalityThe complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual
PartsintegrityMoral soundness
responsibility, responsiblenessA form of trustworthiness
thoughtfulnessThe trait of thinking carefully before acting
NarrowerspiritA fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
BroadertraitA distinguishing feature of your personal nature
Spanishcarácter
Catalancaràcter, fibra
English > character: 10 senses > noun 4, cognition
MeaningAn actor's portrayal of someone in a play.
Synonymsrole, theatrical role, part, persona
Narrowerbit part, minor roleA small role
heavyA serious (or tragic) role in a play
heroThe principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
heroineThe main good female character in a work of fiction
ingenueThe role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
title role, name partThe role of the character after whom the play is named
villain, baddieThe principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
Broaderportrayal, characterization, enactment, personationActing the part of a character on stage
Spanishfigura, papel, parte, personaje
Catalanpaper, part, persona, personatge
English > character: 10 senses > noun 5, person
MeaningA person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities).
Examples
  • "a real character"
  • "a strange character"
Synonymseccentric, type, case
Broaderadult, grownupA fully developed person from maturity onward
Spanishelemento, excéntrico, tipo
Catalanelement, excèntric, personatge, tipus
English > character: 10 senses > noun 6, state
MeaningGood repute.
Example"he is a man of character"
Broaderrepute, reputationThe state of being held in high esteem and honor
Spanishcarácter
Catalancaràcter
English > character: 10 senses > noun 7, communication
MeaningA formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability.
Example"requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"
Synonymsreference, character reference
Broaderrecommendation, testimonial, good wordSomething that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable
Spanishreferencias
Catalanreferències
Verbscharacterisedescribe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
English > character: 10 senses > noun 8, communication
MeaningA written symbol that is used to represent speech.
Example"the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
Synonymsgraph, grapheme, graphic symbol
NarrowerASCII characterAny member of the standard code for representing characters by binary numbers
allographA variant form of a grapheme, as 'm' or 'M' or a handwritten version of that grapheme
asterisk, starA star-shaped character * used in printing
capital, capital letter, uppercase, upper-case letter, majusculeOne of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
check characterA character that is added to the end of a block of transmitted data and used to check the accuracy of the transmission
dagger, obeliskA character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
double dagger, double obelisk, diesisA character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
ideogram, ideographA graphic character that indicates the meaning of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it
letter, letter of the alphabet, alphabetic characterThe conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech
ligatureCharacter consisting of two or more letters combined into one
mathematical symbolA character that is used to indicates a mathematical ... / mathematical relation or operation
percent sign, percentage signA sign ('%') used to indicate that the number preceding it should be understood as a proportion multiplied by 100
phonetic symbolA written character used in phonetic transcription of represent a particular speech sound
pictographA graphic character used in picture writing
radicalA character conveying the lexical meaning of a logogram
rune, runic letterAny character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Ages
small letter, lowercase, lower-case letter, minusculeThe characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
space, blankA blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
stenographA shorthand character
subscript, inferiorA character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
superscript, superiorA character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character
typePrinted characters
Broaderwritten symbol, printed symbolA written or printed symbol
Spanishcarácter, grafema, grafía, símbolo gráfico
Catalancaràcter, grafema, grafia
Verbscharacterengrave or inscribe characters on
English > character: 10 senses > noun 9, attribute
Meaning(genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes.
Categorygenetics, genetic scienceThe branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
Narrowerunit character(genetics) a character inherited on an all-or-none basis and dependent on the presence of a single gene
BroaderattributeAn abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
English > character: 10 senses > verb 1, contact
Meaningengrave or inscribe characters on.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broaderscratch, engrave, grave, inscribecarve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
Nounscharactera written symbol that is used to represent speech

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