Charakter

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Standard, Germany) IPA(key): /kaˈraktər/, [kʰäˈʁäktʰɐ]
  • (Standard, Germany) IPA(key): /karakˈtɛr/, [kʰäʁäkˈtʰɛɐ̯] (sometimes for noun 2)
  • (northern Germany) IPA(key): [kʰaʁaktʰ(e)ə̯], [kʰæɾæktʰɛə̯] (standard, conservative)
  • (file)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German karacter, from Latin character, from Ancient Greek χαρακτήρ (kharaktḗr, type, nature, character), from χαράσσω (kharássō, I engrave).

Noun[edit]

Charakter m (genitive Charakters, plural Charaktere or Charakter)

  1. character; the totality of someone's personal qualities
    Synonym: Persönlichkeit
    • 1790, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso[1], Leipzig:
      Es bildet ein Talent sich in der Stille, / Sich ein Charakter in dem Strom der Welt.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. character, characteristic feature or nature of a thing, place, or people
    Synonym: Merkmal
    der Charakter der Stadtthe character of the city
    der Charakter des Volkesthe character of the people
    der nationale Charakterthe national character
  3. (becoming dated) character, symbol, written glyph
    • 1979, Eduard Mörike, Maler Nolten, chapter 5:
      Er zog ein mit sonderbaren Charakteren geschriebenes Heft hervor, []
  4. (dated, possibly archaic) title, rank

Usage notes[edit]

  • The usual plural is Charaktere with the stress switching to the penultima. The regularised unchanged plural is occasionally seen and heard.

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

Charakter m (genitive Charakters, plural Charaktere)

  1. a character; role/figure in a theatrical play, video game etc., which has a noticeable character (set of personal qualities)

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Charakter.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaˈʀakteʀ/, [kɑˈʀɑktɐ]

Noun[edit]

Charakter m (plural Charakteren)

  1. character