Attitude and Personality

Attitude

Attitude may refer to:

attitude n 1: a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun" [syn: {mental attitude}] 2: position or arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender" [syn: {position}, {posture}] 3: a theatrical pose created for effect; "the actor struck just the right attitude" 4: position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)

79 Moby Thesaurus words for "attitude": air, approach, aspect, assumption, azimuth, bearing, bearings, bent, bias, carriage, celestial navigation, climate of opinion, color, common belief, community sentiment, conceit, concept, conception, conclusion, consensus gentium, consideration, dead reckoning, demeanor, disposition, estimate, estimation, ethos, exposure, eye, feeling, fix, frontage, general belief, idea, impression, inclination, judgment, lay, leaning, lie, lights, line of position, mind, mystique, notion, observation, opinion, orientation, personal judgment, pilotage, point of view, popular belief, port, pose, position, position line, posture, predilection, prejudice, prepossession, presence, presumption, prevailing belief, public belief, public opinion, radio bearing, reaction, sentiment, set, sight, stance, stand, tendency, theory, thinking, thought, view, viewpoint, way of thinking

Attitude \At"ti*tude\, n. [It. attitudine, LL. aptitudo, fr. L. aptus suited, fitted: cf. F. attitude. Cf. {Aptitude}.] 1. (Paint. & Sculp.) The posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue. [1913 Webster] 2. The posture or position of a person or an animal, or the manner in which the parts of his body are disposed; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose; as, a threatening attitude; an attitude of entreaty. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: Position as indicating action, feeling, or mood; as, in times of trouble let a nation preserve a firm attitude; one's mental attitude in respect to religion. [1913 Webster] The attitude of the country was rapidly changing. --J. R. Green. [1913 Webster] {To strike an attitude}, to take an attitude for mere effect. [1913 Webster] Syn: {Attitude}, {Posture}. Usage: Both of these words describe the visible disposition of the limbs. Posture relates to their position merely; attitude refers to their fitness for some specific object. The object of an attitude is to set forth exhibit some internal feeling; as, attitude of wonder, of admiration, of grief, etc. It is, therefore, essentially and designedly expressive. Its object is the same with that of gesture; viz., to hold forth and represent. Posture has no such design. If we speak of posture in prayer, or the posture of devotion, it is only the natural disposition of the limbs, without any intention to show forth or exhibit. [1913 Webster] 'T is business of a painter in his choice of attitudes (positur[ae]) to foresee the effect and harmony of the lights and shadows. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Never to keep the body in the same posture half an hour at a time. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Personality

Personality is the particular combination of emotional, attitudinal, and behavioral response patterns of an individual.

personality n 1: the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual; "their different reactions reflected their very different personalities"; "it is his nature to help others" 2: a person of considerable prominence; "she is a Hollywood personality"

211 Moby Thesaurus words for "personality": Adamite, Establishment, VIP, an existence, anima, ascendancy, aspersion, authority, baron, being, big gun, big man, big name, big shot, bigwig, body, brass, brass hat, cat, celebrity, chap, character, charisma, charm, chief, clout, coconscious, collective unconscious, complexion, conscience, conscious self, consequence, control, creature, credit, critter, customer, death instinct, differentiation, differentness, dignitary, dignity, disposition, distinctiveness, dominance, domination, duck, earthling, effect, ego, ego ideal, ego-id conflict, egohood, elder, eminence, enchantment, entelechy, entity, esteem, ethical self, father, favor, fellow, figure, force, foreconscious, good feeling, great man, groundling, guy, hand, head, headliner, hold, homo, human, human being, human factor, humor, id, identity, importance, important person, imputation, incidental power, individual, individualism, individuality, influence, influentiality, innuendo, insinuation, integrity, interests, joker, leadership, leverage, libidinal energy, libido, life, lion, living soul, lords of creation, luminary, magnate, magnetism, makeup, man, man of mark, mastery, mind, mogul, moment, monad, mortal, motive force, nabob, name, nature, nominalism, nonconformity, nose, notability, notable, object, one, oneness, organism, panjandrum, particularism, particularity, party, person, person of renown, persona, personage, personal equation, personal identity, personal remark, personship, persuasion, pillar of society, pleasure principle, potency, power, power elite, preconscious, predominance, preponderance, pressure, prestige, primitive self, psyche, psychic apparatus, purchase, racial unconscious, reflection, reign, repute, rule, ruling circle, sachem, say, self, self-identity, selfhood, selfness, single, singularity, slur, sly suggestion, somebody, someone, something, soul, star, suasion, subconscious, subconscious mind, subliminal, subliminal self, submerged mind, subtle influence, suggestion, superego, superstar, supremacy, sway, tellurian, temper, temperament, terran, the great, the top, thing, top brass, top people, tycoon, uncomplimentary remark, unconscious, unconscious mind, uniqueness, unit, upper hand, very important person, vital impulse, weight, whip hand, whispering campaign, worldling, worthy

Personality \Per`son*al"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Personalities}. [Cf. F. personnalit['e]. Cf. {Personality}.] 1. That which constitutes distinction of person; the externally evident aspects of the character or behavior of a person; individuality. [1913 Webster +PJC] Personality is individuality existing in itself, but with a nature as a ground. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks; as, indulgence in personalities. [1913 Webster] Sharp personalities were exchanged. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] 4. A person who is famous or notable; a celebrity. [PJC]

Data Sources:

  • attitude: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • attitude: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • attitude: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • personality: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • personality: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • personality: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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