personality

personality [pʉr΄sə nal′ə tē]
n.
pl. personalities [ME personalite < LL personalitas < personalis, personal]
1. the quality or fact of being a person
2. the quality or fact of being a particular person; personal identity; individuality
3.
a) habitual patterns and qualities of behavior of any individual as expressed by physical and mental activities and attitudes; distinctive individual qualities of a person, considered collectively
b) the complex of qualities and characteristics seen as being distinctive to a group, nation, place, etc.
4.
a) the sum of such qualities seen as being capable of making, or likely to make, a favorable impression on other people
b) Informal personal attractiveness; engaging manner or qualities
5. a person; specif.,
a) a notable person; personage
b) a person known for appearances on TV, radio, etc.
6. [pl.] remarks, usually of an offensive or disparaging nature, aimed at or referring to a person
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