Difference between characteristic, character, personality and trait
by Hoang Yen
What is the difference between characteristic, character, personality and trait?
Ok, lets look at the definitions and then we can look at using them in context.
: a distinguishing feature or quality: Generosity is his chief characteristic. A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.Trait
: a distinguishing characteristic or quality, especially of one's personal nature.Character
: the group of features, traits and characteristics that form the individual nature of some person or thing.Personality
: the essential character of a person or the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others.
First, you will notice that Characteristic
are very similar; character
are also very similar.
If you think about it, characteristics and traits
singular aspects of how a person is perceived.Character and personality
are combinations or groupings
of traits and characteristics that define how a person is.
In context examplesIt is difficult to describe his personality. He is caring but sometimes indifferent; responsible and yet reckless but most of all he has a good heart.
It is hard to define my best personal trait as an English teacher. Maybe my personality as a whole is what makes me a good teacher. Or maybe it is my sense of humor. People say that a good sense of humor is a useful trait.
For this job it would be best to find someone with the following traits: hard working, responsible, reliable and a team player.
It was his characteristic sense of humor that got him the job.
I hope that helps you understand the difference between these words better Hoang Yen.
Have a great day!