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  1. engrave or inscribe characters on Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. good repute; "he is a man of character" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); "she is the main character in the novel" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. Reputation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. 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; Caesar is a great historical character. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. One of the persons of a drama or novel. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To engrave; to inscribe. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. In current usage, approximately equivalent to personality. The sum of the relatively fixed personality traits and habitual modes of response of an individual. Medical Dictionary DB
  24. A letter, sign, or figure; reputation; nature; moral force; quality; rank; distinctive qualities; a person in a play. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. A letter, sign, or figure: the peculiar qualities of a person or thing: a description of the qualities of a person or thing: a person with his peculiar qualities. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. A letter; peculiar qualities; reputation; person. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To impress, engrave, or depict; characterize. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Mental or moral quality, or qualities, good or bad; also, moral excellence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. An assumed part; also, the person holding it. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A figure; mark; sign; letter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. A mark made by culting, engraving, or writing a letter or sign; a peculiar form of letter; peculiar distinctive, qualities; the qualities which distinguish an individual or an office; good moral qualities; decided qualities; a description exhibiting qualities; certificate of qualities; person or personage. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. To inscribe; to engrave. Generic characters, those which constitute a genus. Specific characters, those which distinguish a species. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. A mark cut on any thing; a mark or figure to represent a sound, as a letter or a note in music a picture to convey an idea; manner of writing, speaking, or acting; peculiar qualities in a person; an account or representation of the qualities of a person or thing; moral excellence; reputation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. To inscribel to engrave. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. Evidence. The opinion generally entertained of a person derived from the common re 'port of the people who are acquainted with him. 3 Serg. & R. 336; 3 Mass. 192; 3 Esp. C. 236. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  36. There are three classes of cases on which the moral character and conduct of a person in society may be used in proof before a jury, each resting upon particular and distinct grounds. Such evidence is admissible, 1st. To afford a presumption that a particular party has not been guilty of a criminal act. 2d. To affect the damages in particular cases, where their amount depends on the character and conduct of any individual; and, 3d. To impeach or confirm the veracity of a witness. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  37. Where the guilt of an accused party is doubtful, and the character of the supposed agent is involved in the question, a presumption of innocence arises from his former conduct in society, as evidenced by his general character, since it is not probable that a person of known probity and humanity, would commit a dislionest or outrageous act in the particular instance. Such presumptions, however, are so remote from fact, and it is frequently so difficult to estimate a person's real character, that they20are entitled to little-weight, except in doubtful cases. Since the law considers a presumption of this nature to be admissible, it is in principle admissible 'Whenever a reasonable presumption arises from it, as to the fact in question; in practice it is admitted whenever the character of the party is involved in the issue. See 2 St. Tr. 1038 1 Coxes Rep. 424; 5 Serg. & R. 352 3 Bibb, R. 195; 2 Bibb, R. 286; 5 Day, R. 260; 5 Esp. C. 13; 3 Camp. C. 519; 1 Camp. C. 460; Str. R. 925. Tha. Cr. Cas. 230; 5 Port. 382. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  38. In some instances evidence in disparagement of character is admissible, not in order to prove or disprove the commission of a particular fact, but with a view to damages. In actions for criminal conversation with the plaintiff's wife, evidence may be given of the wife's general bad character, for want of chastity, and even of particular acts of adultery committed by her, previous to her intercourse with the defendant. B. N. P. 27, 296; 12 Mod. 232; 3 Esp. C. 236. See 5 Munf. 10. In actions for slander and libel, when the defendant has not justified, evidence of the plaintiff's bad character has also been admitted. 3 Camp. C. 251; 1 M. & S. 284; 2 Esp. C. 720; 2 Nott & M'Cord, 511; 1 Nott & M'Cord, 268; and see 11 Johns. R. 38; 1 Root, R. 449; 1 Johns. R. 46; 6 Penna. St. Rep. 170. The ground of admitting such evidence is, that a person of disparaged fame is not entitled to the same measure of damages with one whose character is uublemished. When, however, the defendant justifies the slander, it seems to be doubtful whether the evidence of reports as to the conduct and character of the plaintiff can be received. See 1 M. & S. 286, n (a) 3 Mass. R. 553 1 Pick. R. 19. When evidence is admitted touching the general character of a party, it is manifest that it is to be confined to matters in reference to the nature of the, charge against him. 2 Wend. 352. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  39. The party against whom a witness is called, may disprove the fact& stated by him, or may examine other witnesses as to his general character; but they will not be allowed to speak of particular facts or parts of his conduct. B. N. P. 296. For example, evidence of the general character of a prosecutrix for a rape, may be given, as that she was a street walker; but evidence of specific acts of criminality cannot be admitted. 3 Carr. & P. 589. The regular mode is to inquire whether the witness under examination has the means of knowing the former witness general character, and whether from such knowledge he would believe, him on his oath. 4 St. Tr. 693; 4 Esp. C. 102. In answer to such evidence against character, the other party may cross-examine the witness as to his means of knowledge, and the grounds of his opinion; or he may attack such witness general character, and by fresh evidence support the character of his own. 2 Stark. C. 151; Id. 241; St. Ev. pt. 4, 1753 to 1758; 1 Phil. Ev. 229. A party cannot give evidence to confirm the good character of a witness, unless his general character has been impugned by his antagonist. 9 Watts, R. 124. See, in general, as to character, Phil. Ev. Index, tit. Character; Stark. Ev. pl. 4, 364 Swift's Ev. 140 to 144 5 Ohio R. 227; Greenl. Ev. 54; 3 Hill, R. 178 Bouv. Inst. Index, h. t. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  40. An atom in a character repertoire.Compare with glyph. foldoc_fs
  41. kar'ak-t[.e]r, n. a letter, sign, figure, stamp, or distinctive mark: a mark of any kind, a symbol in writing, &c.: writing generally, handwriting: a secret cipher: any essential feature or peculiarity: nature: (obs.) personal appearance: the aggregate of peculiar qualities which constitutes personal or national individuality: moral qualities especially, the reputation of possessing such: a formal statement of the qualities of a person who has been in one's service or employment: official position, rank, or status, or a person who has filled such: a person noted for eccentricity: a personality as created in a play or novel (Shak. CHAR'ACT).--v.t. to engrave, imprint, write: to represent, delineate, or describe.--n. CHARACTERIS[=A]'TION.--v.t. CHAR'ACTERISE, to describe by peculiar qualities: to distinguish or designate.--ns. CHAR'ACTERISM; CHARACTERIS'TIC, that which marks or constitutes the character.--adjs. CHARACTERIS'TIC, -AL, marking or constituting the peculiar nature.--adv. CHARACTERIS'TICALLY.--adj. CHAR'ACTERLESS, without character or distinctive qualities.--ns. CHAR'ACTERLESSNESS; CHAR'ACTERY, writing: impression: that which is charactered.--IN CHARACTER, in harmony with the part assumed, appropriate, as a CHARACTER ACTOR, one who tries to represent eccentricities. [Fr. caractère--L. character--Gr. charakt[=e]r, from charass-ein, to cut, engrave.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  42. In Pathology it is used synonymously with stamp or appearance. We say, "A disease is of an unfavourable character," "The prevailing epidemic has a bilious character," &c. In Mental Philosophy it means- that which distinguishes one individual from another, as regards his understanding and passions. See Symbol. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  43. Distinctive mark; (pl.) inscribed letters or figures; national writing-symbols (in the German c.); person\'s handwriting; characteristic (esp. of species &c. in Nat. Hist.); collective peculiarities, sort, style; person\'s or race\'s idiosyncrasy, mental or moral nature; moral strength, backbone; reputation, good reputation; description of person\'s qualities; testimonial; status; known person (usu. public c.); imaginary person created by novelist or dramatist; actor\'s or hypocrite\'s part (in, out of, c., appropriate to these or not, also more widely of actions that are in accord or not with person\'s c.); eccentric person (c. actor, who devotes himself to eccentricities). (Vb, poet. & archaic) inscribe; describe. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. n. [Greek] A distinctive mark; a letter, figure or sign;—manner of writing or printing;—the representation, or estimate of a person or thing; reputation;—specific or personal qualities;—the possessor of individual qualities; an eccentric. Cabinet Dictionary
  45. A mark, a stamp, a representation; a letter used in writing or printing; the hand or manner of writing; a representation of any man as to his personal qualities; an account of any thing as good or bad; the person with his assemblage of qualities. Complete Dictionary

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