[ noun ] the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual


"their different reactions reflected their very different personalities" "it is his nature to help others"

Used in print

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

When Stravinsky shaped his purpose to the shifting scenes of many cultures , many salons , many dialectics , many personalities , he tried to refashion himself into a stylist of many styles , determined by many disparate cultures .

Prokofieff was able to adjust his creative personality to a swiftly changing world without losing his particular force and direction .

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

But her personality was such_that each affair lasted only until that lover , too , had been conquered and reduced to passivity .

(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)

A further example of the incompatible difference in personalities was when two policemen held_up a Torrio beer convoy on a West_Side street and demanded $ 300 to let it through .

(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)

Proprietorships can establish a meaningful identity , representing a human personality , and thus establish sincere relationships with customers and community .

[ noun ] a person of considerable prominence


"she is a Hollywood personality"

Used in print

(The New York Times,...)

A crowd of 1400 is expected for the ceremonies , which will be followed by the show in which the writers will lampoon baseball personalities in skit , dance and song .

(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)

Nevertheless , like any other human_being upon whom the spotlight of the world plays continually , Khrushchev , the anti personality cultist , has become a comic actor , or thinks he has .

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