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a character actor (=an actor who is good at unusual or interesting roles)
▪ As a character actor you get interesting parts.
a character defect (=a fault in your character)
▪ Laziness was just one of his character defects.
a character witness (=a witness who says that the person being tried is a good person)
▪ He said he would gladly be a character witness for her.
a forceful personality/character/opponent etc
▪ He gained a reputation as a forceful member of the party.
character actor
checksum character
colourful character/figure (=someone who is interesting and unusual)
defamation of character
▪ He sued the newspaper for defamation of character.
destroy the character of sth
▪ New buildings have destroyed much of the character of the area.
flamboyant style/character/personality
▪ his flamboyant style of play
optical character recognition
personality/character traits
▪ a mental illness associated with particular personality traits
play a role/part/character etc
▪ Playing a character so different from herself was a challenge.
reformed character
▪ Greeley says he’s a genuinely reformed character.
shady character
▪ a shady character
strength of character (=strong ability to deal with difficult situations)
▪ The victims' families have shown amazing strength of character.
unsavoury characters (=unpleasant people)
▪ There were a lot of unsavoury characters around the station.
unsympathetic character
▪ an unsympathetic character
▪ I believe that certain central characters of novels, however famous they may be, remain imprisoned by the work they inhabit.
▪ Donna Barbara had a woman as central character.
▪ The problem is the presence of Depardieu as the central character, Valjean.
▪ You are the storyteller, which makes you a central character in each story.
▪ The central character presents the case for Mackay's individualist anarchism.
▪ Players see the games through the point of view of a central character, giving them a three-dimensional look.
▪ A little noticed but central character of such vivisystems is that this paradoxical essence is contagious.
▪ However, different grape varieties produce wines of widely different character.
▪ Water waves are of course different in character from their more abstract mathematical cousins, yet there are striking parallels.
▪ This meant that the cities which ultimately grew up within this rural society were of a different character from the surrounding countryside.
▪ It has a lot of different character, depending on where you are.
▪ Sometimes, perhaps not very often during their lifetimes, volcanoes erupt and present a wholly different character.
▪ At thirty-five he was becoming a skilled and versatile developer in his own right but very different in character from his father.
▪ Over the last ten years I've gone through different phases and characters.
▪ But the teaching which is condemned here is of a different character....
▪ The main character in the drama was full of contradictions.
▪ Likewise, aesthetically lacquered trappings dramatically impede the movements of the drama's main characters.
▪ The main characters are virtuous people, contending with afflictions throughout the play, but finally rewarded with happiness.
▪ But the main character Marlow ... played by Tim Roth ... looks back on his life when he returns to port.
▪ Of course, all of this is arranged by the main character.
▪ Most of these exercises are double cast so that there are good opportunities for several readings of the main characters.
▪ In the story, the main character had turned on his television to one of its two channels.
▪ The points cost of these special characters comes out of your Character points allowance in the normal way.
▪ It is the creative process that gives each its special character.
▪ She was a very special character in so many ways.
▪ It takes a special strength of character to spend decades doggedly pursuing a theory that attracts harsh opposition.
▪ The first step in processing the typesetting tape was to find the mapping between the typesetting codes and the special characters.
▪ From Payson to Yuma to Sierra Vista, the pace of growth is straining the resources and special character of small towns.
▪ This involved a painstaking search of the paper dictionary to find examples of each of the special characters.
▪ What may be especially worth noting are those affirmations that give special character to his everyday life inquiries.
▪ In other words, he was still developing the characteristics that would eventually make him a character actor.
▪ The character actor has appeared in at least 50 motion pictures in a film career that dates to the 1950s.
▪ I never expected to be much more than a character actor.
▪ Cyril Shaps, that splendid and irrepressible character actor, David Horovitch and me.
▪ Later we became our favourite cartoon characters.
▪ Studio stores where you can find classy designs with cartoon characters.
▪ Daniel Oates has invented a repertoire of three-dimensional cartoon characters to populate his work.
▪ Fletcher Reede is a cartoon character with real heart.
▪ These include the development of Harry the Bear, a cartoon character, in stories on the back of the pack.
▪ The cartoon character he was named after was cuter.
▪ Mischiefmakers, mayhem creators, fraudulent shady cartoon characters.
▪ Who knew, until this week, that you were a cartoon character of ridicule?
▪ This can be on-line or off-line recognition of hand-printed characters, or of machine-printed characters using optical character recognition.
▪ Clustering applications would include things like character recognition, sonar / radar signal classification, and robotic control.
▪ Parsytec plans to release an entire family of character recognition systems with prices starting at £15,000.
▪ This could include word processing, a database, case management and optical character recognition.
▪ And character recognition is relatively slow and prone to errors even on powerful computers.
▪ Further details of printed character recognition systems are not included here in order to concentrate on cursive handwriting systems.
▪ Typically context is used only in the form of spelling correction information to compensate for errors in character recognition.
▪ The inviolable Gedge formed character traits as a child that give a fascinating insight into his later life.
▪ The character trait here is over-dependence, lack of autonomy. 2.
▪ But your greatest character trait is your honesty.
▪ It was an innate character trait.
▪ They completely changed the character of the pine-forest.
▪ Press Shift-F8 6 $ to change the alignment character to the dollar sign. 16.
▪ They changed in character: grew as we grew older.
▪ At the front of the church, Nobleman had changed costume and character.
▪ What I really should do is change my character, and I still could but - it's difficult.
▪ The changing and temporal character of all existing things is prominent in the commentary although it stands in opposition to Zeus.
▪ Choose one that contrasts with the current wall colour or wallpaper and see how it totally changes its character.
▪ The status line then changes to Type the characters that you want to replace, then press Esc.
▪ Nineteenth-century choreographers creating either a character or a national ballet used both occupational and natural emotional gesture in their dance designs.
▪ It was obvious that for each of his speeches, he created a character and rehearsed it in front of a mirror.
▪ Scriptwriters will create worlds and characters with particular behaviour patterns and then let them build their own story.
▪ Besides, he always began creating a character from the voice.
▪ More than one word may be created from the character lattice.
▪ Mr Driscoll created the cartoon characters as bedtime stories for his children, Adam and Holly.
▪ Because she played a character we liked.
▪ Redford played a character where everything came easy.
▪ Rex may be the ideal idol to many men but you will have to settle with playing his character in the game.
▪ What Ullman wants is to play every character in her imagination, at great personal sacrifice.
▪ The actor Walter Matthau, best known for playing crumpled, curmudgeonly characters on screen, has died aged 79.
▪ Woodard plays this conflicted character at an Emmy / CableACE level.
▪ You play a character called Rohan who must set free the monks he finds on his journey.
▪ Sister Aimee herself-in fetching costume-always played the lead character.
blacken sb's name/character/reputation
stain on sb's character/name/reputation etc
▪ Buy him eine kleine Knackwurst and toddle home without a stain on your character.
▪ Duran dominated Leonard physically that night, but five months later the New Orleans farce put a huge stain on his reputation.
▪ Robert Lopez is released without a stain on his character.
▪ The massacre has left an indelible stain on the name of Clan Campbell.
▪ Whatever the outcome, he not unnaturally regarded his time in gaol as a stigma, as a stain on his character.
sympathetic figure/character
▪ But now he, or she, needs to be an even broader, more sympathetic figure than before.
▪ Charles didn't find many sympathetic characters among the cast.
▪ The reader zooms through the story hoping for a resolution that will satisfy the mystery without sacrificing any of the sympathetic characters.
▪ A candidate's character and qualifications are more important than past experience.
▪ A couple of suspicious-looking characters were standing outside the house.
▪ A person's character is very important to me when I decide who I want to work with.
▪ Ancient literature uses fictional characters to illustrate moral dilemmas.
▪ Beneath his brash, noisy exterior was a much shrewder and lonelier character than he admitted.
▪ Carmen Maura plays the passionate, beautiful Pepa, the central character of director Pedro Almodovar's movie.
▪ Each group is named after a fictional character like Mickey Mouse.
▪ Each neighborhood has its own unique character.
▪ Ellis is a man of exceptional character.
▪ He was a repulsive character.
▪ He writes Westerns in which the main characters are gay.
▪ Her behavior last night revealed a lot about her character.
▪ Her female characters often have strong, important relationships with other women.
▪ Her husband was a man of good character, well-liked and respected by his colleagues.
▪ His actions during the war showed his character.
▪ It's a red wine with an almost meaty character.
▪ It was a wonderful story -- the characters were so convincing.
▪ Jed is one of most likeable characters in the play.
▪ King Henry is the name given to a donkey, the title character in the children's book, 'King Henry Saves Christmas'.
▪ Liquids are different in character from both solids and gases.
▪ Now they're arguably the easiest of all classics to look after, and come brimming with character as standard.
▪ Rex may be the ideal idol to many men but you will have to settle with playing his character in the game.
▪ She did forget the name of the other most memorable character, bearded and effusive.
▪ She gave up trying to analyse Guy Sterne's character on the basis of his bookshelves.
▪ She is the only character with a named chapter in each of the four sections.
▪ The pronunciations given for these components, and for the characters of which they form part, are those of present-day Mandarin.
▪ Thus, when you insert it into text, existing characters move to the right and down to make room.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Character \Char"ac*ter\, n. [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. ?, fr. ? to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caract[`e]re.]

  1. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.

    It were much to be wished that there were throughout the world but one sort of character for each letter to express it to the eye.

  2. Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar form of letters used by a particular person or people; as, an inscription in the Runic character.

    You know the character to be your brother's?

  3. The peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a person or thing really is; nature; disposition.

    The character or that dominion.

    Know well each Ancient's proper character; His fable, subject, scope in every page; Religion, Country, genius of his Age.

    A man of . . . thoroughly subservient character.

  4. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character.

  5. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion.

  6. Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty; as, in the miserable character of a slave; in his character as a magistrate; her character as a daughter.

  7. The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation; as, a man's character for truth and veracity; to give one a bad character.

    This subterraneous passage is much mended since Seneca gave so bad a character of it.

  8. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant. [Colloq.]

  9. A unique or extraordinary individuality; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who illustrates certain phases of character; as, Randolph was a character; C[ae]sar is a great historical character.

  10. One of the persons of a drama or novel.

    Note: ``It would be well if character and reputation were used distinctively. In truth, character is what a person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be. Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of others. Character is injured by temptations, and by wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels. Character endures throughout defamation in every form, but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression; reputation may last through numerous transgressions, but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded, accusation or aspersion.''


Character \Char"ac*ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charactered.]

  1. To engrave; to inscribe. [R.]

    These trees shall be my books. And in their barks my thoughts I 'll character.

  2. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., carecter, "symbol marked or branded on the body;" mid-15c., "symbol or drawing used in sorcery," from Old French caratere "feature, character" (13c., Modern French caractère), from Latin character, from Greek kharakter "engraved mark," also "symbol or imprint on the soul," also "instrument for marking," from kharassein "to engrave," from kharax "pointed stake," from PIE root *gher- (4) "to scrape, scratch." Meaning extended in ancient times by metaphor to "a defining quality."You remember Eponina, who kept her husband alive in an underground cavern so devotedly and heroically? The force of character she showed in keeping up his spirits would have been used to hide a lover from her husband if they had been living quietly in Rome. Strong characters need strong nourishment. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]Meaning "sum of qualities that define a person" is from 1640s. Sense of "person in a play or novel" is first attested 1660s, in reference to the "defining qualities" he or she is given by the author. Meaning "a person" in the abstract is from 1749; especially "eccentric person" (1773). Colloquial sense of "chap, fellow" is from 1931. The Latin ch- spelling was restored from 1500s. Character actor attested from 1861; character assassination from 1888; character-building (n.) from 1886.


n. A being involved in the action of a story. vb. (context obsolete English) To write (using characters); To describe


v. engrave or inscribe characters on

  1. n. an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); "she is the main character in the novel" [syn: fictional character, fictitious character]

  2. a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands" [syn: quality, lineament]

  3. the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer [syn: fiber, fibre]

  4. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona" [syn: role, theatrical role, part, persona]

  5. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case" [syn: eccentric, type, case]

  6. good repute; "he is a man of character"

  7. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; "requests for character references are all to often answered evasively" [syn: reference, character reference]

  8. a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters" [syn: grapheme, graphic symbol]


Character(s) may refer to:

Character (mathematics)

In mathematics, a character is (most commonly) a special kind of function from a group to a field (such as the complex numbers). There are at least two distinct, but overlapping meanings. Other uses of the word "character" are almost always qualified.

Character (film)

Character is a 1997 Dutch-Belgian film, based on the best-selling novel by Ferdinand Bordewijk and directed by Mike van Diem. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards. The film stars Fedja van Huêt, Jan Decleir, and Betty Schuurman.

Character (income tax)

Character is the type of income to calculate the taxpayer's tax liability. In the United States, the Supreme Court decided ( Commissioner v. Glenshaw Glass Co.) that income is an accession to wealth, however capital gain is of different character from ordinary income. Ordinary income includes earned wage income and interest income from lending.

Character (symbol)

A character (from the Greek "engraved or stamped mark" on coins or seals, "branding mark, symbol") is a sign or symbol.

Character (novel)

Character (original Dutch title Karakter) is a novel by Dutch author Ferdinand Bordewijk published in 1936. Subtitled "Een roman van zoon en vader", "a novel of son and father", it is a Bildungsroman that traces the relationship between a stern father and his son. Character is Bordewijk's best-known novel, and the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.

Character (computing)

In computer and machine-based telecommunications terminology, a character is a unit of information that roughly corresponds to a grapheme, grapheme-like unit, or symbol, such as in an alphabet or syllabary in the written form of a natural language.

Examples of characters include letters, numerical digits, common punctuation marks (such as "." or "-"), and whitespace. The concept also includes control characters, which do not correspond to symbols in a particular natural language, but rather to other bits of information used to process text in one or more languages. Examples of control characters include carriage return or tab, as well as instructions to printers or other devices that display or otherwise process text.

Characters are typically combined into strings.

Character (arts)

A character is the representation of a person in a narrative or dramatic work of art (such as a novel, play, or film). Derived from the ancient Greek word kharaktêr (χαρακτήρ), the earliest use in English, in this sense, dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749. From this, the sense of "a part played by an actor" developed. Character, particularly when enacted by an actor in the theatre or cinema, involves "the illusion of being a human person." In literature, characters guide readers through their stories, helping them to understand plots and ponder themes. Since the end of the 18th century, the phrase "in character" has been used to describe an effective impersonation by an actor. Since the 19th century, the art of creating characters, as practised by actors or writers, has been called characterisation.

A character that stands as a representative of a particular class or group of people is known as a type. Types include both stock characters and those that are more fully individualised. The characters in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (1891) and August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888), for example, are representative of specific positions in the social relations of class and gender, such that the conflicts between the characters reveal ideological conflicts.

The study of a character requires an analysis of its relations with all of the other characters in the work. The individual status of a character is defined through the network of oppositions (proairetic, pragmatic, linguistic, proxemic) that it forms with the other characters. The relation between characters and the action of the story shifts historically, often miming shifts in society and its ideas about human individuality, self-determination, and the social order.

Character (Julia Kent album)

Character is the fourth full-length album by Canadian cellist Julia Kent, released on The Leaf Label on 4th March 2013.

Character (album)

Character is the seventh studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal band, Dark Tranquillity. The album was first released on January 24, 2005 through Century Media Records. The corresponding single, "Lost to Apathy" was previously featured on the Lost to Apathy EP, their first EP released in nearly ten years. This album is heavier than the band's previous album, with more aggressive and faster songs. Like the band's previous album, there are no clean vocals. The enhanced CD and digipak editions of the album include the video clip for the single "Lost to Apathy". A music video was also made for "The New Build". The album was also released as an LP with different cover art.

Usage examples of "character".

Ted were just another character in the story, and a minor character at that.

And yes, there were certainly movie scenes in the offices looking out over the mines, the noise, the smoke, but this character Bagby, they remembered a minor character in the movie, kind of a straight man, a foil, short, fat, foul mouthed, a kind of a Punchinello, Oscar, real opera buffa, Bagby in one or two crude dimensions maybe, a stock character, a comic device.

It seems strange that the Moslim peoples, although the theory of Islam never attributed an hereditary character to the Khalifate, attached so high a value to the Abbasid name, that they continued unanimously to acknowledge the Khalifate of Bagdad for centuries during which it possessed no influence.

Confrontation is not a large part of his character and Abraham, unlike his own son Joshua, both fears and dislikes his father.

The old charge of vanity, the character flaw that Adams so often chastised himself for, had been made again, and on the floor of Congress, just as he was to assume his most important role.

As early as May, Hamilton had launched a letter campaign to his High Federalist coterie declaring Adams unfit and incapable as President, a man whose defects of character were guaranteed to bring certain ruin to the party.

A Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq.

John Adams and the Prophets of Progress, The Character of John Adams by Peter Shaw, and two works on the Adams presidency by Ralph A.

There was no evidence of coercion, which agrees with my knowledge of your character.

The symbols, except that for Cauac, are too plain to admit of doubt, and there is no difficulty in reference to Cauac, the question of doubt being with regard to the Ahau, which is partially surrounded by other characters and may, apparently, be as correctly considered a part of the hieroglyphic inscription as of the day column.

NEITHER of the air service boys had any doubts now with regard to the character of the grounds they were invading at dead of night.

This is just like the invasion of Italy in 553 by the Alamannic brethren, and is quite in keeping with the loosely compacted character of the Merovingian monarchy, in which it was copied by the Anglian and Saxon Kingdoms.

He also heard from Prior Alcock that for a month past, the forest below Malvern Abbey, about the Rhydd ford, had been the haunt of a body of outlaws who had committed numerous depredations of an alarming character.

American people understood the real character of Alger Hiss, they would boil him in oil.

I afterwards found that these fellows were not Arabs, but Algerine refugees, and that they bore the character of being sad scoundrels.