impersonal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French impersonnel, from Latin impersōnālis, from im- (not) + persōnālis (personal).

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impersonal (comparative more impersonal, superlative most impersonal)

  1. Not personal; not representing a person; not having personality.
    • 1853, James Stephen, On Desultory and Systematic Reading: A Lecture
      The great tragedians of Greece reveal to us their people's exquisite sense of beauty, and their faith in an awful, an almighty, but an impersonal power, called Fate
  2. Lacking warmth or emotion; cold.
    She sounded impersonal as she gave her report of the Nazi death camps.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      And now it appeared that there was a mysterious Queen clothed by rumour with dread and wonderful attributes, and commonly known by the impersonal, but, to my mind, rather awesome title of She.
  3. (grammar, of a verb or other word) Not having a subject, or having a third person pronoun without an antecedent.
    Synonyms: monopersonal, unipersonal
    The verb “rain” is impersonal in sentences like “It’s raining.”

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Noun[edit]

impersonal (plural impersonals)

  1. (grammar) An impersonal word or construct.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin impersōnālis.

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Adjective[edit]

impersonal (masculine and feminine plural impersonals)

  1. impersonal (not representing a person)
    Antonym: personal
  2. (grammar) impersonal (not having a subject)

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Old French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impersonal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular impersonale)

  1. (grammar) impersonal

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French impersonnel, from Latin impersonalis.

Adjective[edit]

impersonal m or n (feminine singular impersonală, masculine plural impersonali, feminine and neuter plural impersonale)

  1. impersonal

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin impersōnālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /impeɾsoˈnal/, [ĩm.peɾ.soˈnal]

Adjective[edit]

impersonal (plural impersonales)

  1. impersonal (not representing a person)
    Antonym: personal
  2. (grammar) impersonal (not having a subject)

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