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char·ac·ter

 (kăr′ək-tər)
n.
1.
a. The combination of mental characteristics and behavior that distinguishes a person or group. See Synonyms at disposition.
b. The distinguishing nature of something. See Synonyms at quality.
2.
a. Moral strength; integrity: an educational program designed to develop character.
b. Public estimation of someone; reputation: personal attacks that damaged her character.
3. Biology A structure, function, or attribute of an organism, influenced by genetic, environmental, and developmental factors.
4.
a. A person considered as having a specific quality or attribute: "Being a man of the world and a public character, [he] took everything as a matter of course" (George Eliot).
b. A person considered funny or eccentric: catcalls from some character in the back row.
5.
a. A person portrayed in an artistic piece, such as a drama or novel.
b. A person or animal portrayed with a personality in comics or animation: a cartoon character.
c. Characterization in fiction or drama: a script that is weak in plot but strong in character.
d. Status or role; capacity: in his character as the father.
6. A description of a person's attributes, traits, or abilities.
7. A formal written statement as to competency and dependability, given by an employer to a former employee; a recommendation.
8.
a. A mark or symbol used in a writing system.
b. A Chinese character.
9. Computers
a. One of a set of symbols, such as letters or numbers, that are arranged to express information.
b. The numerical code representing such a character.
10. Mathematics The trace function of a representation.
11.
a. A style of printing or writing: "Here is the hand and seal of the Duke; you know the character" (Shakespeare).
b. A cipher or code for secret writing.
adj.
1. Of or relating to one's character.
2.
a. Specializing in the interpretation of often minor roles that emphasize fixed personality traits or specific physical characteristics: a character actor.
b. Of or relating to the interpretation of such roles by an actor: the character part of the hero's devoted mother.
3. Dedicated to the portrayal of a person with regard to distinguishing psychological or physical features: a character sketch.
tr.v. charac·tered, charac·ter·ing, charac·ters Archaic
1. To write, print, engrave, or inscribe.
2. To portray or describe; characterize.
Idioms:
in character
Consistent with someone's general character or behavior: behavior that was totally in character.
out of character
Inconsistent with someone's general character or behavior: a response so much out of character that it amazed me.

[Middle English carecter, distinctive mark, imprint on the soul, from Old French caractere, from Latin charactēr, from Greek kharaktēr, from kharassein, to inscribe, from kharax, kharak-, pointed stick.]

char′ac·ter·less adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.characterless - lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting; "women dressed in nondescript clothes"; "a nondescript novel"
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
Translations

characterless

[ˈkærɪktəlɪs] ADJsin carácter

characterless

[ˈkærɪktərləs] adj [person, place, thing] → sans caractèrecharacter recognition (COMPUTING)
modif [software] → de reconnaissance des caractèrescharacter reference ncertificat m de (bonne) moralitécharacter trait n (= characteristic) [person] → trait m de caractèrecharacter witness ntémoin m de moralité

characterless

adj personnichtssagend, farblos; roomnichtssagend, nichts Besonderes pred; winefade

characterless

[ˈkærəktəlɪs] adjordinario/a
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It is a feeble, characterless, uninspiring sort of stuff, and almost as undrinkable as if it had been made in an American hotel.
Every plant and flower and vegetable and animal has been so refined by ages of careful, scientific cultivation and breeding that the like of them on Earth dwindled into pale, gray, characterless nothingness by comparison.
Yes, a man in the nineteenth century must and morally ought to be pre-eminently a characterless creature; a man of character, an active man is pre-eminently a limited creature.
A hundred times I have taken the characterless cap from my mother's head and put the mutch in its place and tied the bands beneath her chin, while she protested but was well pleased.
Devil's Beat and Saturday Night sounded like characterless KT Tunstall impersonations.
Tenor Peter Jelosits completed the cast with a characterless MonsieurTaupe (the prompter).
The cost of the various design options will weigh heavily in the decision, but the panel of state and local officials who will review the competing designs should bear in mind that people have said they want something other than a characterless structure like the temporary span that the new bridge will replace.
Instead of the usual claustrophobic and characterless confines of an exhibition hall, the fair takes place in commercial galleries sprinkled around the city's historic antiques quarter, the Sablon--galleries that are either owned by the participants or let to their private or overseas colleagues for the duration (4-8 June).
Bernhard's client specifically asked him to design a house in this area; however, from his descriptions of its overcrowded and characterless environment, you sense that the architect would probably have preferred to build elsewhere.
THE man behind all of the circuits to have debuted on the F1 calendar in recent years, Herman Tilke, is often criticised by purists for his characterless designs.
This has led to shops of character and individuality being lost to the standard format of characterless Tesco Metros or Expresses in the most profitable locations, with an accompanying loss of range and choice.
Starting in May 1924, and appearing in between two more focused notebooks, it is not a favorite of scholars, who have considered it somewhat characterless.