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Persons of every class are crowded together, here, in one dense mass.

No fewer than 12,000 persons had perished in the sandjak of Philippopolis!

All persons who will not join you you will take prisoners and bring to me.

What is to be done with persons who will only see what pleases them?

A thing which Dirk hated, in common with all persons of his class.

They have a distinctive flavor that is agreeable to most persons.

It is this oil that causes bananas to disagree with some persons.

Most persons hasten to deny this truth in its application to themselves.

This commandment forbids us to kill or injure other persons or ourselves.

We cannot understand or explain how God can be three Persons and yet only one God.


early 13c., from Old French persone "human being, anyone, person" (12c., Modern French personne) and directly from Latin persona "human being, person, personage; a part in a drama, assumed character," originally "mask, false face," such as those of wood or clay worn by the actors in later Roman theater. OED offers the general 19c. explanation of persona as "related to" Latin personare "to sound through" (i.e. the mask as something spoken through and perhaps amplifying the voice), "but the long o makes a difficulty ...." Klein and Barnhart say it is possibly borrowed from Etruscan phersu "mask." Klein goes on to say this is ultimately of Greek origin and compares Persephone.

Of corporate entities from mid-15c. The use of -person to replace -man in compounds and avoid alleged sexist connotations is first recorded 1971 (in chairperson). In person "by bodily presence" is from 1560s. Person-to-person first recorded 1919, originally of telephone calls.


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