In character

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • In character in harmony with the part assumed, appropriate, as a Character actor, one who tries to represent eccentricities
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.”
  • Solon
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    “Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.”
  • Elizabeth C. Dunn
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    “Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
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    “Character is what you are in the dark.”
  • Roy L. Smith
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    “The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. caractère—L. character—Gr. charaktēr, from charass-ein, to cut, engrave.

Usage

In literature:

It was written in character, and the character was that of an American visitor to England.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Even in the moral world the precise character of exact sciences must be found.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
In character, it is the absence of truth, sensibility, and reflection.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
The character which he showed in sacking the city of the Ciconians is in him still, he is not yet ready to return.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
In judging wisely the characters of men, one of the first things to be done is to understand their ideals.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
At first sight, and considered in its negative aspect, inspiration presents a very definite character.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Observe then, all wise work is mainly threefold in character.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
In this section there are a few species combining the essential characters of Diploxylon with important characters of Haploxylon.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
There is little character drawing in the piece.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
There are several local female deities that seem to be substantially identical in character with Bau.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
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In poetry:

He saw a hand upon the wall
And trembled on his throne
Which wrote his sudden dreadful fall
In characters unknown.
"Belshazzar" by John Newton
Then the Jubilee year would come;
On spire and dome you'd see
Inscribed in blazing characters,
That all mankind are free.
"Liberty Or Death" by James Madison Bell
Your character I paint. But life
Sings in your words and deeds.
What I in rigid moulds would cast
Escapes : the statue bleeds.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Belinda and her bird! 'tis rare
To meet with such a well match'd pair,
The language and the tone,
Each character in every part
Sustain'd with so much grace and art,
And both in unison.
"The Parrot" by William Cowper
Though many pass, yet few record
Their names in characters sublime,
By grand achievement, work or word
Upon the monolith of Time;
But few inscribe a lasting name
On the eternal cliffs of Fame.
"Fame." by Alfred Castner King
Phoenicians first (if story be believed)
Dared to record in characters; for yet
Papyrus was not fashioned, and the priests
Of Memphis, carving symbols upon walls
Of mystic sense (in shape of beast or fowl)
Preserved the secrets of their magic art.
"Pharsalia - Book III: Massilia" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus

In news:

Undated publicity photograph shows Indian actor Sharma playing character Pi, standing near a tiger in a lifeboat, one of props used in film "Life of Pi" by director Lee.
Gone will be the days in which faculty and community members come to sit in on Monahan's classes to see a professor make history spring off the page as he portrays a historical character.
People follow her on the streest and in stores, seeking autographs and wanting to discuss the characters in her novels - most of whom are intelligent, self-absorbed modern women searching for identity.
(WGGB) — Victoria Quill from Hopkins Academy in Hadley was chosen as a Student of Character in part because of how she guides younger students.
The "Nerd-gasm" levels will be at an all time high in the 810 as legendary Star Wars character R2-D2 will be making an appearance in Flint as a part of "Star Wars Reads.
In The 6th Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to Total Recall territory as an average, if hulking, Joe caught in a technological conspiracy that forces his character to ask such searching questions as "Who am I".
Some five decades ago, the late great comedian Jackie Gleason had a weekly television variety show in which he often appeared as different characters in short funny skits.
After portraying villains in films like "Transformers" and "Captain America," Weaving tells THR about the process of finding the humanity in a character with a criminal past.
In "Sunshine," the family saga by the Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo that opened in New York last Friday, the actresses Jennifer Ehle and Rosemary Harris play the same character at two different stages in her life.
Sophia Lucky, 6, gets in character as a wild animal.
Put succinctly, Malcolm Sayer is one of the most pivotal figures in the technological development of Jaguar, and therefore in the marque's entire character, its very being.
Under Options Advanced Options, if the Use a leading character option was enabled, the leading character would be required in both Auto mode and Manual mode.
Are the first words yelled by Bella, the central character in "My Big Shouting Day", winner of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny prize in the category aged six and under.
Behind the cute campaign posters lurk some shady characters with a financial self-interest in keeping Mayor Ed Lee in office.
'Star Wars' action figures Darth Vader, right, and Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, left, are displayed in this April 7, 1999 file photo, with Princess Leia Organa in her ceremonial dress in front of other packaged characters from the new film.
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In science:

The requirements EM 2 < ∞ and q+ > 2 are purely technical in character and are merely needed in the method of proof we employ.
On the uniqueness of the branching parameter for a random cascade measure
For identical bosons, the long-range attractive part of the relevant curve is predominantly s-wave in character, hence has a 1/R4 behavior in an electric field.
Ultracold Collisions of Fermionic OD Radicals
One is based on the expansion of moments of spectral determinants in characters of the unitary group and subsequent use of the orthogonality of characters.
On absolute moments of characteristic polynomials of a certain class of complex random matrices
This multi-dimensional radiation/hydrodynamical problem is quintessentially meteorological in character.
Multi-Dimensional Explorations in Supernova Theory
Twisting ordinary N = 2 superconformal characters in the open string channel by Ω can be implemented by the substitution τ → τ + 1 2 in the untwisted characters χ(τ ).
D-branes in Unoriented Non-critical Strings and Duality in SO(N) and Sp(N) Gauge Theories
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