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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demotic  \De*mot"ic\,  a.  [Gr.  dhmotiko`s,  fr  dh^mos  the  people: 
  cf  F.  d['e]motique.] 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  people;  popular;  common. 
 
  {Demotic  alphabet}  or  {character},  a  form  of  writing  used  in 
  Egypt  after  six  or  seven  centuries  before  Christ,  for 
  books,  deeds,  and  other  such  writings;  a  simplified  form 
  of  the  hieratic  character;  --  called  also  {epistolographic 
  character},  and  {enchorial  character}.  See  {Enchorial}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Such  \Such\,  a.  [OE.  such  sich,  sech,  sik,  swich,  swilch, 
  swulch  swilc,  swulc  AS  swelc,  swilc,  swylc  akin  to 
  OFries  selik,  D.  zulk,  OS  sulic,  OHG.  sulih  solih,  G. 
  solch,  Icel.  sl[=i]kr,  OSw.  salik,  Sw  slik,  Dan.  slig,  Goth. 
  swaleiks  originally  meaning,  so  shaped.  [root]192.  See  {So}, 
  {Like},  a.,  and  cf  {Which}.] 
  1.  Of  that  kind  of  the  like  kind  like  resembling;  similar; 
  as  we  never  saw  such  a  day  --  followed  by  that  or  as 
  introducing  the  word  or  proposition  which  defines  the 
  similarity,  or  the  standard  of  comparison;  as  the  books 
  are  not  such  that  I  can  recommend  them  or  not  such  as  I 
  can  recommend;  these  apples  are  not  such  as  those  we  saw 
  yesterday;  give  your  children  such  precepts  as  tend  to 
  make  them  better. 
 
  And  in  his  time  such  a  conqueror  That  greater  was 
  there  none  under  the  sun.  --Chaucer. 
 
  His  misery  was  such  that  none  of  the  bystanders 
  could  refrain  from  weeping.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Note:  The  indefinite  article  a  or  an  never  precedes  such  but 
  is  placed  between  it  and  the  noun  to  which  it  refers; 
  as  such  a  man;  such  an  honor.  The  indefinite  adjective 
  some  several,  one  few  many  all  etc.,  precede  such 
  as  one  such  book  is  enough;  all  such  people  ought  to 
  be  avoided;  few  such  ideas  were  then  held. 
 
  2.  Having  the  particular  quality  or  character  specified. 
 
  That  thou  art  happy,  owe  to  God;  That  thou 
  continuest  such  owe  to  thyself.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  The  same  that  --  with  as  as  this  was  the  state  of  the 
  kingdom  at  such  time  as  the  enemy  landed.  ``[It]  hath  such 
  senses  as  we  have.''  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Certain;  --  representing  the  object  as  already 
  particularized  in  terms  which  are  not  mentioned. 
 
  In  rushed  one  and  tells  him  such  a  knight  Is  new 
  arrived.  --Daniel. 
 
  To-day  or  to-morrow  we  will  go  into  such  a  city,  and 
  continue  there  a  year.  --James  iv 
  13. 
 
  Note:  Such  is  used  pronominally.  ``He  was  the  father  of  such 
  as  dwell  in  tents.''  --Gen.  iv  20.  ``Such  as  I  are 
  free  in  spirit  when  our  limbs  are  chained.''  --Sir  W. 
  Scott.  Such  is  also  used  before  adjectives  joined  to 
  substantives;  as  the  fleet  encountered  such  a  terrible 
  storm  that  it  put  back  ``Everything  was  managed  with 
  so  much  care  and  such  excellent  order  was  observed.'' 
  --De  Foe. 
 
  Temple  sprung  from  a  family  which  .  .  .  long 
  after  his  death  produced  so  many  eminent  men,  and 
  formed  such  distinguished  alliances,  that  etc 
  --Macaulay. 
  Such  is  used  emphatically,  without  the  correlative. 
 
  Now  will  he  be  mocking:  I  shall  have  such  a  life. 
  --Shak. 
  Such  was  formerly  used  with  numerals  in  the  sense  of 
  times  as  much  or  as  many  as  such  ten  or  ten  times  as 
  many 
 
  {Such  and  such},  or  {Such  or  such},  certain;  some  --  used  to 
  represent  the  object  indefinitely,  as  already 
  particularized  in  one  way  or  another,  or  as  being  of  one 
  kind  or  another.  ``In  such  and  such  a  place  shall  be  my 
  camp.''  --2  Kings  vi  8.  ``Sovereign  authority  may  enact  a 
  law  commanding  such  and  such  an  action.''  --South. 
 
  {Such  like}  or  {character},  of  the  like  kind 
 
  And  many  other  such  like  things  ye  do  --Mark  vii. 
  8. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Character  \Char"ac*ter\,  n.  [L.,  an  instrument  for  marking, 
  character,  Gr  ?,  fr  ?  to  make  sharp,  to  cut  into  furrows, 
  to  engrave:  cf  F.  caract[`e]re.] 
  1.  A  distinctive  mark;  a  letter,  figure,  or  symbol. 
 
  It  were  much  to  be  wished  that  there  were  throughout 
  the  world  but  one  sort  of  character  for  each  letter 
  to  express  it  to  the  eye.  --Holder. 
 
  2.  Style  of  writing  or  printing;  handwriting;  the  peculiar 
  form  of  letters  used  by  a  particular  person  or  people;  as 
  an  inscription  in  the  Runic  character. 
 
  You  know  the  character  to  be  your  brother's?  --Shak. 
 
  3.  The  peculiar  quality,  or  the  sum  of  qualities,  by  which  a 
  person  or  a  thing  is  distinguished  from  others  the  stamp 
  impressed  by  nature,  education,  or  habit;  that  which  a 
  person  or  thing  really  is  nature;  disposition. 
 
  The  character  or  that  dominion.  --Milton. 
 
  Know  well  each  Ancient's  proper  character;  His 
  fable,  subject,  scope  in  every  page;  Religion, 
  Country,  genius  of  his  Age.  --Pope. 
 
  A  man  of  .  .  .  thoroughly  subservient  character. 
  --Motley. 
 
  4.  Strength  of  mind;  resolution;  independence;  individuality; 
  as  he  has  a  great  deal  of  character. 
 
  5.  Moral  quality;  the  principles  and  motives  that  control  the 
  life;  as  a  man  of  character;  his  character  saves  him  from 
  suspicion. 
 
  6.  Quality,  position,  rank,  or  capacity;  quality  or  conduct 
  with  respect  to  a  certain  office  or  duty;  as  in  the 
  miserable  character  of  a  slave;  in  his  character  as  a 
  magistrate;  her  character  as  a  daughter. 
 
  7.  The  estimate,  individual  or  general,  put  upon  a  person  or 
  thing  reputation;  as  a  man's  character  for  truth  and 
  veracity;  to  give  one  a  bad  character. 
 
  This  subterraneous  passage  is  much  mended  since 
  Seneca  gave  so  bad  a  character  of  it  --Addison. 
 
  8.  A  written  statement  as  to  behavior,  competency,  etc., 
  given  to  a  servant.  [Colloq.] 
 
  9.  A  unique  or  extraordinary  individuality;  a  person 
  characterized  by  peculiar  or  notable  traits;  a  person  who 
  illustrates  certain  phases  of  character;  as  Randolph  was 
  a  character;  C[ae]sar  is  a  great  historical  character. 
 
  10.  One  of  the  persons  of  a  drama  or  novel. 
 
  Note:  ``It  would  be  well  if  character  and  reputation  were 
  used  distinctively.  In  truth,  character  is  what  a 
  person  is  reputation  is  what  he  is  supposed  to  be 
  Character  is  in  himself,  reputation  is  in  the  minds  of 
  others  Character  is  injured  by  temptations,  and  by 
  wrongdoing;  reputation  by  slanders,  and  libels. 
  Character  endures  throughout  defamation  in  every  form 
  but  perishes  when  there  is  a  voluntary  transgression; 
  reputation  may  last  through  numerous  transgressions, 
  but  be  destroyed  by  a  single,  and  even  an  unfounded, 
  accusation  or  aspersion.''  --Abbott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Character  \Char"ac*ter\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Charactered}.] 
  1.  To  engrave;  to  inscribe.  [R.] 
 
  These  trees  shall  be  my  books.  And  in  their  barks  my 
  thoughts  I  'll  character.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  distinguish  by  particular  marks  or  traits;  to  describe; 
  to  characterize.  [R.]  --Mitford. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  character 
  n  1:  an  imaginary  person  represented  in  a  work  of  fiction  (play 
  or  film  or  story);  "she  is  the  main  character  in  the 
  novel"  [syn:  {fictional  character},  {fictitious 
  character}] 
  2:  a  characteristic  property  that  defines  the  apparent 
  individual  nature  of  something  "each  town  has  a  quality 
  all  its  own";  "the  radical  character  of  our  demands"  [syn: 
  {quality},  {lineament}] 
  3:  the  inherent  complex  of  attributes  that  determine  a  persons 
  moral  and  ethical  actions  and  reactions:  "educaton  has  for 
  its  object  the  formation  of  character"-  Herbert  Spencer 
  [syn:  {fiber},  {fibre}] 
  4:  an  actor's  portrayal  of  someone  in  a  play;  "she  played  the 
  part  of  Desdemona"  [syn:  {role},  {theatrical  role},  {part}, 
  {persona}] 
  5:  a  person  of  a  specified  kind  (usually  with  many 
  eccentricities);  "a  strange  character";  "a  friendly 
  eccentric";  "the  capable  type";  "a  mental  case"  [syn:  {eccentric}, 
  {type},  {case}] 
  6:  good  repute;  "he  is  a  man  of  character" 
  7:  a  formal  recommendation  by  a  former  employer  to  a  potential 
  future  employer  describing  the  person's  qualifications  and 
  dependability;  "requests  for  character  references  are  all 
  to  often  answered  evasively"  [syn:  {reference},  {character 
  reference}] 
  8:  a  written  symbol  that  is  used  to  represent  speech;  "the 
  Greek  alphabet  has  24  characters"  [syn:  {grapheme},  {graphic 
  symbol}] 
  v  :  engrave  or  inscribe  characters  on 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  character 
 
    An  {atom}  in  a  {character  repertoire}. 
 
  Compare  with  {glyph}. 
 
  (1998-10-18) 
 
 




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