personality

personality
per|son|al|i|ty
W3S3 [ˌpə:səˈnælıti US ˌpə:r-] n plural personalities
1.) [U and C]
someone's character, especially the way they behave towards other people
He was an ambitious man with a strong personality .
Despite their different personalities, they became the best of friends.
a disease which causes changes in behaviour and personality
personality traits (=typical ways of behaving) such as calmness or enthusiasm
He clearly has some kind of personality disorder (=a mental illness) .
He said he left the company because of a personality clash with the director (=they could not work together because they were so different) .
2.)
someone who is very famous and often appears in the newspapers, on television etc, especially an entertainer or sports person
→↑celebrity
TV/radio/sports personality
one of the most well-liked TV personalities
3.) [U]
the qualities of character that make someone interesting or enjoyable to be with
He's honest but he lacks personality.
4.) [C usually singular]
someone who has a very strong character and is very different from other people
He was a dynamic personality in the business world.
5.) [C usually singular]
the qualities which make a place or thing different and interesting
It's partly the architecture which gives the town its personality.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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