- 1 [countable, usually singular] all the qualities and features that make a person, groups of people, and places different from others to have a strong/weak character character traits/defects The book gives a fascinating insight into Mrs Obama's character. Generosity is part of the American character. The character of the neighbourhood hasn't changed at all.
- 2 [countable, usually singular, uncountable] the way that something is, or a particular quality or feature that a thing, an event or a place has synonym nature the delicate character of the light in the evening The police pointed out the illegal character of the protest action. buildings that are very simple in character
- 3 [uncountable] (approving) strong personal qualities such as the ability to deal with difficult or dangerous situations Everyone admires her strength of character and determination. He showed great character returning to the sport after his accident. Adventure camps are considered to be character-building (= meant to improve somebody's strong qualities).
- 4 [uncountable] (usually approving) the interesting or unusual quality that a place or a person has The modern hotels here have no real character. a face with a lot of character strange/interesting person
- 5[countable] (informal) (used with an adjective) a person, particularly an unpleasant or strange one There were some really strange characters hanging around the bar.
- 6[countable] (informal) an interesting or unusual person She's a character! reputation
- 7[countable, uncountable] (formal) the opinion that people have of you, particularly of whether you can be trusted or relied on She was a victim of character assassination (= an unfair attack on the good opinion people had of her). a slur/attack on his character My teacher agreed to be a character witness for me in court. a character reference (= a letter that a person who knows you well writes to an employer to tell them about your good qualities) in book/play/movie
- 8 [countable] a person or an animal in a book, play or film/movie a major/minor character in the book cartoon characters Clint Eastwood's character is the most sympathetic in the movie. Wordfinderbiography, blockbuster, book, character, editor, narrator, novel, plot, publish, title CollocationsLiteratureBeing a writer write/publish literature/poetry/fiction/a book/a story/a poem/a novel/a review/an autobiography become a writer/novelist/playwright find/have a publisher/an agent have a new book out edit/revise/proofread a book/text/manuscript dedicate a book/poem to…Plot, character and atmosphere construct/create/weave/weave something into a complex narrative advance/drive the plot introduce/present the protagonist/a character describe/depict/portray a character (as…)/(somebody as) a hero/villain create an exciting/a tense atmosphere build/heighten the suspense/tension evoke/capture the pathos of the situation convey emotion/an idea/an impression/a sense of… engage the reader seize/capture/grip the (reader’s) imagination arouse/elicit emotion/sympathy (in the reader) lack imagination/emotion/structure/rhythmLanguage, style and imagery use/employ language/imagery/humour/(especially US English) humor/an image/a symbol/a metaphor/a device use/adopt/develop a style/technique be rich in/be full of symbolism evoke images of…/a sense of…/a feeling of… create/achieve an effect maintain/lighten the tone introduce/develop an idea/a theme inspire a novel/a poet/somebody’s work/somebody’s imaginationReading and criticism read an author/somebody’s work/fiction/poetry/a text/a poem/a novel/a chapter/a passage review a book/a novel/somebody’s work give something/get/have/receive a good/bad review be hailed (as)/be recognized as a masterpiece quote a(n) phrase/line/stanza/passage/author provoke/spark discussion/criticism study/interpret/understand a text/passage translate somebody’s work/a text/a passage/a novel/a poem Wordfinderanti-hero, baddy, character, goody, hero, love interest, narrator, protagonist, trait, villain See related entries: Elements of a play, Film reviews and promotion, Film plots, Characters in a story, Elements of a story symbol/letter
- 9[countable] a letter, sign, mark or symbol used in writing, in printing or on computers Chinese characters a line 30 characters long optical character recognition The URL contained non-standard characters like question marks. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French caractere, via Latin from Greek kharaktēr