personality


personality
personality late 14c., "quality or fact of being a person," from M.L. personalitatem (nom. personalitas), from L. personalis (see PERSONAL (Cf. personal)). Sense of "a distinctive character" is first recorded 1795, from Fr. personnalité.
Personality is the supreme realization of the innate idiosyncrasy of a living being. It is an act of courage flung in the face of life, the absolute affirmation of all that constitutes the individual, the most successful adaptation to the universal conditions of existence, coupled with the greatest possible freedom of self-determination. [C.G. Jung, 1875-1961]
Meaning "person whose character stands out from that of others" is from 1889. Personality cult is attested from 1956.

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