Personality vs Nonperson - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between personality and nonperson

is that personality is a set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another while nonperson is not a real person; a subhuman.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.
  • * (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
  • Personality is individuality existing in itself, but with a nature as a ground.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
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  • An assumed role or manner of behavior.
  • A celebrity.
  • Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.
  • * 1959 , Lloyd Price, “Personality”:
  • But over and over / I´ll be a fool for you / 'cause you got personality .
  • Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks.
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  • Sharp personalities were exchanged.
  • * 1905 , ,
  • Perceiving that personalities were not out of order, I asked him what species of beast had long ago twisted and mutilated his left ear.
  • (legal) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons.
  • (Burrill)


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    Derived terms

    * addictive personality * borderline personality disorder * multiple personalities * subpersonality







  • Not a real person; a subhuman.
  • *1989 , Michael C. Kearl, Endings: A Sociology of Death and Dying , page 146
  • *:As all lives must end, do you prefer to die as a nonperson , forgotten in a nursing home and totally stripped of dignity and independence?
  • *1994 , Lisa J. McIntyre, Law in the Sociological Enterprise , page 92
  • *:Arguably, what is so hateful about a hate crime is that it is an attempt by some individual or group to treat a Person as a Nonperson .
  • *1998 , John E. Tropman, Does America Hate the Poor? , page 6
  • *:How does hate work? [...] One answer is that the poor person (or the Jew, or the Asian, or the Native American, or whoever) becomes, intellectually, linguistically, and emotionally, a "lessperson," and then a nonperson .
  • Not a legal entity.
  • Something other than a person; an object.
  • *1995 , Roger K. R. Thompson, Natural and Relational Concepts in Animals'', in ''Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science , page 179
  • *:Taken together, all the results suggested that discrimination of person from nonperson slides was not controlled by an obvious single stimulus feature.
  • *2001 , Eric T. Olson, A Compound of Two Substances'', in ''Soul, Body, and Survival , page 77
  • *:No nonperson is psychologically indistinguishable from you.
  • *2002 , Ritva Laury, Interaction, grounding, and third-person referential forms'', in ''Grounding: The Epistemic Footing of Deixis and Reference (Frank Brisard, ed.), page 85
  • *:For example, Benveniste [...] discusses the connection of first- and second-person pronouns with the speech situation, and even goes as far as to claim that the third person is a nonperson , since the referents of third-person pronouns are not speech-act participants.
  • Synonyms

    * subhuman * lessperson