A character is a person in a narrative work of arts . Derived from the ancient Greek word kharaktêr, the English word 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 ...

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  1. A being involved in the action of a story.
  2. A distinguishing feature; characteristic; a complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group.
  3. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; moral strength.
    He has a great deal of character.
  4. A unique or extraordinary individual; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits, especially charisma.
    Julius Caesar is a great historical character.
  5. A written or printed symbol, or letter.
  6. Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the particular form of letters used by a person or people.
    an inscription in the Runic character
  7. One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character.
  8. A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions.
  9. A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.
  10. Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty.
    in the miserable character of a slave
    in his character as a magistrate
  11. The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation.
    a man's character for truth and veracity
    Her actions give her a bad character.
  12. A reference given to a servant, attesting to his/her behaviour, competence, etc.


  1. To write (using characters); To describe

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