char·ac·ter /ˈkærɪktɚ/ 名詞
字符; 字元 CHAR
特徵位; Q 特徵位; 標誌位
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. --Holder.
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? --Shak.
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. --Milton.
Know well each Ancient's proper character;
His fable, subject, scope in every page;
Religion, Country, genius of his Age. --Pope.
A man of . . . thoroughly subservient character. --Motley.
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. --Addison.
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; Cæsar 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.”
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. --Shak.
2. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize. [R.]
n 1: 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
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:
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,
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
8: a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the
Greek alphabet has 24 characters" [syn: grapheme, graphic
v : engrave or inscribe characters on