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anal personality


a personality characterized by meticulous neatness, suspicion, and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)


attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)


anal personalities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references


Anal retentiveness | anal retentive | anally retentive | anal

used to describe a person who pays such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive person. The term derives from Freudian psychoanalysis. In Freudian psychology, the anal... (38 of 391 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Anal retentiveness

Britannica Encyclopedia:


a characteristic way of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Personality embraces moods, attitudes, and opinions and is most clearly expressed in ... (20 of 2310 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

personality | personalities [plural]

[psychology] the sum total of all the behavioural and mental characteristics by means of which an individual is recognized as being unique | the ... (23 of 485 words, 7 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


in psychology, the patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion unique to an individual, and the ways they interact to help or hinder the adjustment of ... (25 of 455 words)



personality | personalities [plural] | big name [synonym, sense-specific] | cause célèbre [synonym, sense-specific] | celeb [synonym, sense-specific] | figure [synonym, sense-specific] | icon [synonym, sense-specific] | light [synonym, sense-specific] | luminary [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the quality or state of being a person ; personal existence | the condition or fact of relating to a particular person ; specifically, the condition ... (25 of 282 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

personality | personalities [plural] | a clash of personalities/a personality clash

[countable/uncountable] the part of a person that makes them behave in a ... | [countable] a famous or well-known person | [uncountable] the qualities ... (22 of 201 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

personality | personalities [plural]

the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others. | a person as an embodiment of a collection of qualities. | [psychology] ; the sum total ... (25 of 156 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

personality | personalities [plural]

The quality or condition of being a person. | The totality of qualities and traits, as of character or behavior, that are peculiar to a specific ... (25 of 151 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

personality | personalities [plural]

the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character | lively, engaging qualities | a celebrity or famous ... (19 of 137 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

personality | personalities [plural]

the quality or fact of being a person | the quality or fact of being a particular person; personal identity; individuality | habitual patterns and ... (23 of 135 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)



personality | personalities [plural] | selfness [synonym, sense-specific]

A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another. | An assumed role or manner of behavior. | A celebrity. | Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd. | Something said or written which refers to the... (42 of 88 words, 6 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

personality [entry 1]

the type of person you are, which is shown by the way you behave, feel and think (17 of 50 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/personality 1

personality [entry 2]

a famous person (3 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/personality 2

Encarta Dictionary:

personality | personalities [plural]

the totality of somebody's attitudes, interests, behavioral patterns, ... | the distinctive or very noticeable characteristics that make somebody ... (18 of 165 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725236​/definition​.html  [offline]

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