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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Demotic \De*mot"ic\, a. [Gr. dhmotiko`s, fr. dh^mos the people:
cf. F. d['e]motique.]
Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.

{Demotic alphabet} or {character}, a form of writing used in
Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for
books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form
of the hieratic character; -- called also {epistolographic
character}, and {enchorial character}. See {Enchorial}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Such \Such\, a. [OE. such, sich, sech, sik, swich, swilch,
swulch, swilc, swulc, AS. swelc, swilc, swylc; akin to
OFries. selik, D. zulk, OS. sulic, OHG. sulih, solih, G.
solch, Icel. sl[=i]kr, OSw. salik, Sw. slik, Dan. slig, Goth.
swaleiks; originally meaning, so shaped. [root]192. See {So},
{Like}, a., and cf. {Which}.]
1. Of that kind; of the like kind; like; resembling; similar;
as, we never saw such a day; -- followed by that or as
introducing the word or proposition which defines the
similarity, or the standard of comparison; as, the books
are not such that I can recommend them, or, not such as I
can recommend; these apples are not such as those we saw
yesterday; give your children such precepts as tend to
make them better.

And in his time such a conqueror That greater was
there none under the sun. --Chaucer.

His misery was such that none of the bystanders
could refrain from weeping. --Macaulay.

Note: The indefinite article a or an never precedes such, but
is placed between it and the noun to which it refers;
as, such a man; such an honor. The indefinite adjective
some, several, one, few, many, all, etc., precede such;
as, one such book is enough; all such people ought to
be avoided; few such ideas were then held.

2. Having the particular quality or character specified.

That thou art happy, owe to God; That thou
continuest such, owe to thyself. --Milton.

3. The same that; -- with as; as, this was the state of the
kingdom at such time as the enemy landed. ``[It] hath such
senses as we have.'' --Shak.

4. Certain; -- representing the object as already
particularized in terms which are not mentioned.

In rushed one and tells him such a knight Is new
arrived. --Daniel.

To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and
continue there a year. --James iv.

Note: Such is used pronominally. ``He was the father of such
as dwell in tents.'' --Gen. iv. 20. ``Such as I are
free in spirit when our limbs are chained.'' --Sir W.
Scott. Such is also used before adjectives joined to
substantives; as, the fleet encountered such a terrible
storm that it put back. ``Everything was managed with
so much care, and such excellent order was observed.''
--De Foe.

Temple sprung from a family which . . . long
after his death produced so many eminent men, and
formed such distinguished alliances, that, etc.
Such is used emphatically, without the correlative.

Now will he be mocking: I shall have such a life.
Such was formerly used with numerals in the sense of
times as much or as many; as, such ten, or ten times as

{Such and such}, or {Such or such}, certain; some; -- used to
represent the object indefinitely, as already
particularized in one way or another, or as being of one
kind or another. ``In such and such a place shall be my
camp.'' --2 Kings vi. 8. ``Sovereign authority may enact a
law commanding such and such an action.'' --South.

{Such like} or {character}, of the like kind.

And many other such like things ye do. --Mark vii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Character \Char"ac*ter\, n. [L., an instrument for marking,
character, Gr. ?, fr. ? to make sharp, to cut into furrows,
to engrave: cf. F. caract[`e]re.]
1. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.

It were much to be wished that there were throughout
the world but one sort of character for each letter
to express it to the eye. --Holder.

2. Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar
form of letters used by a particular person or people; as,
an inscription in the Runic character.

You know the character to be your brother's? --Shak.

3. The peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a
person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp
impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a
person or thing really is; nature; disposition.

The character or that dominion. --Milton.

Know well each Ancient's proper character; His
fable, subject, scope in every page; Religion,
Country, genius of his Age. --Pope.

A man of . . . thoroughly subservient character.

4. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality;
as, he has a great deal of character.

5. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the
life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from

6. Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct
with respect to a certain office or duty; as, in the
miserable character of a slave; in his character as a
magistrate; her character as a daughter.

7. The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or
thing; reputation; as, a man's character for truth and
veracity; to give one a bad character.

This subterraneous passage is much mended since
Seneca gave so bad a character of it. --Addison.

8. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc.,
given to a servant. [Colloq.]

9. A unique or extraordinary individuality; a person
characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who
illustrates certain phases of character; as, Randolph was
a character; C[ae]sar is a great historical character.

10. One of the persons of a drama or novel.

Note: ``It would be well if character and reputation were
used distinctively. In truth, character is what a
person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be.
Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of
others. Character is injured by temptations, and by
wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels.
Character endures throughout defamation in every form,
but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression;
reputation may last through numerous transgressions,
but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded,
accusation or aspersion.'' --Abbott.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Character \Char"ac*ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Charactered}.]
1. To engrave; to inscribe. [R.]

These trees shall be my books. And in their barks my
thoughts I 'll character. --Shak.

2. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe;
to characterize. [R.] --Mitford.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play
or film or story); "she is the main character in the
novel" [syn: {fictional character}, {fictitious
2: a characteristic property that defines the apparent
individual nature of something; "each town has a quality
all its own"; "the radical character of our demands" [syn:
{quality}, {lineament}]
3: the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons
moral and ethical actions and reactions: "education has
for its object the formation of character"- Herbert
Spencer [syn: {fiber}, {fibre}]
4: an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the
part of Desdemona" [syn: {role}, {theatrical role}, {part},
5: a person of a specified kind (usually with many
eccentricities); "a strange character"; "a friendly
eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case" [syn: {eccentric},
{type}, {case}]
6: good repute; "he is a man of character"
7: a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential
future employer describing the person's qualifications and
dependability; "requests for character references are all
to often answered evasively" [syn: {reference}, {character
8: a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the
Greek alphabet has 24 characters" [syn: {grapheme}, {graphic
v : engrave or inscribe characters on

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