AskDefine | Define personality

Dictionary Definition



1 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"
2 a person of considerable prominence; "she is a Hollywood personality"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.
    The president has a unique personality.
  2. An assumed role or manner of behavior.
    My work PC emulates a Windows (TM) personality.
    In his final act, the comedian takes on a child's personality.
  3. A celebrity.
    Johnny Carson was a respected television personality.
  4. Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.
    The best contestant shows most personality.


set of qualities that make a person distinct from another
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 性格 (xìng gé), 个性 (gè xìng)
  • Danish: personlighed
  • Dutch: persoonlijkheid
  • Finnish: persoonallisuus
  • French: personnalité
  • German: Persönlichkeit
  • Hungarian: egyéniség
  • Italian: personalità
  • Japanese: 人格 (じんかく, jinkaku)
  • Korean: 인격 (ingyeok)
  • Portuguese: personalidade
  • Romanian: personalitate
  • Russian: личность (líčnost’)
  • Spanish: personalidad
  • Swedish: personlighet
assumed role or manner of behavior
  • Chinese: 性气 (xìng qì)
  • Danish: skikkelse
  • Finnish: luonne
  • Hungarian: személyiség
  • Romanian: personalitate
  • Chinese: 名人 (míng rén)
  • Czech: osobnost
  • Danish: personlighed
  • Finnish: henkilö
  • German: Persönlichkeit
  • Hungarian: íres ember
  • Romanian: personalitate


  1. Pertaining to personality
    Honesty is a desirable personality trait.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Personality may refer to:
  • Personality psychology is the theory and study of personality types, personality traits and individual differences
  • Personality development, the study of human personality development over time
  • Personality disorders, a class of mental disorders that is characterized by long-lasting rigid patterns of thought and actions
  • Personality pathology is characterized by adaptive inflexibility, vicious cycles of maladaptive behavior, and emotional instability under stress
  • Personality quiz, a series of questions (usually multiple-choice) intended to reveal something about the person who answers them
  • Personality tests aim to describe aspects of a person's character, thoughts, and feelings
  • Personality type refers to the psychological classification of different types of people
  • Personality traits refers to patterns of relatively enduring characteristics of human behavior
  • Personality alteration, a theory often associated with cults or brainwashing


  • Cult of personality, political institution in which a leader uses mass media to create a larger-than-life public image
  • Personality rights, consisting of the rights to publicity and to privacy


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personality in Czech: Osobnost
personality in Danish: Personlighed
personality in German: Persönlichkeit
personality in Estonian: Isiksus
personality in Spanish: Personalidad
personality in Italian: Personalità
personality in Dutch: Persoonlijkheid
personality in Japanese: 個性
personality in Norwegian: Personlighet
personality in Polish: Osobowość
personality in Portuguese: Personalidade
personality in Simple English: Personality
personality in Ukrainian: Особистість
personality in Chinese: 人格

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