What does the word character represent in these kinds of sentences? What qualities of the person do we refer to when we say this?

Does it refer to the general nature and disposition of the person?

  • character – Callithumpian May 19 '12 at 15:08
  • So does it involve a person's value system, ethics, etc., or just common qualities and behavior? – treecoder May 19 '12 at 15:13
  • It generally means the qualities and behavior unique to that person. However, he has character can mean he has "strength and originality." Also, character can refer to someone's reputation. So-and-so has bad character would be referring to someone's undesirable qualities. I now understand the confusion. I made a knee-jerk vote to close as general reference but now think this question should stay open. – Callithumpian May 19 '12 at 15:23
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    Did you look in the dictionary or thesaurus? – Mitch May 19 '12 at 17:17

In this context, it refers to "moral or ethical quality" or "qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity" (definition 3 and 4 here).

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