Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It passes from badinage into personalities and recriminations.

Words are like buildings; like personalities; they have their exterior and their interior message.

A movement of this kind should not be allowed to focus on personalities.

"With personalities like that, respectability is a disease," she told me.

In short, we finally have not merely two but a number of personalities in us.

They sat down and talked upon the fringe of personalities which he avoided.

Without it, you would be unable to combat the evil inherent in your personalities.

They need all that they can get, and their personalities will grow to fill it.

The canvass of 1888 was not marred by the personalities of 1884.

Nor is it an answer that this depended on the personalities of the particular writers.


late 14c., "quality or fact of being a person," from Medieval Latin personalitatem (nominative personalitas), from Late Latin personalis (see personal). Sense of "a distinctive character" is first recorded 1795, from French personnalité.

Meaning "person whose character stands out from that of others" is from 1889. Personality cult is attested from 1956.