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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
charactonym (KAR-ik-tuh-nim) noun
A name of a fictional character that suggests the personality traits of that character.
[From English character, from Greek charakter (marking or engraving tool) + -onym (name).]
Example: Mrs. Malaprop in Richard Sheridan's first play, The Rivals. She was known for misusing words with humorous results. From mal- (bad) + apropos (fitting).
A related word is aptronym, a name that's especially suited to one's profession, e.g. Sally Ride, the astronaut.
"The easy-going Lovewit lives up to his charactonym; he enjoys a good
joke, and condones mischief when it is clever and profitable to
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it. -Don Marquis, humorist and poet (1878-1937)
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