Personae [per-soh-nee] Examples noun

  1. a collection of poems (1926) by Ezra Pound.

persona [per-soh-nuh] noun, plural per·so·nae [per-soh-nee] /pərˈsoʊ ni/, per·so·nas.

  1. a person.
  2. personae, the characters in a play, novel, etc.
  3. the narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author.
  4. (in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the mask or façade presented to satisfy the demands of the situation or the environment and not representing the inner personality of the individual; the public personality (contrasted with anima).
  5. a person’s perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role.

Origin of persona First recorded in 1905–10, persona is from the Latin word persōna mask, character. See person Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for personae personality, case, customer, oddball, freak, figure, oddity, eccentric, nut, queer, personage, clown, crank, spook, weirdo, original, card, duck, zombie, wack Examples from the Web for personae Contemporary Examples of personae

  • Glover seems to be combining his personae, and the response has been positive.

    Harry Potter Hip-Hop

    Jaimie Etkin

    July 13, 2011

  • But his personae kept evolving, infuriating listeners who wanted him to be the model from three years earlier.

    Dylan’s 70 Years of Trouble

    David Yaffe

    May 23, 2011

  • Historical Examples of personae

  • “Personae,” the first book published in London, followed early in 1909.

    Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry

    T. S. Eliot

  • “Personae” and “Exultations” show his talent for turning his studies to account.

    Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry

    T. S. Eliot

  • A list of personae is given in the original on the verso of the title-leaf.

    The Tragedy Of Caesar’s Revenge


  • Certain of the poems in “Lustra” have offended admirers of the verse of the “Personae” period.

    Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry

    T. S. Eliot

  • Its personae are the men and women who constantly appear and reappear throughout this cycle.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

  • British Dictionary definitions for personae persona noun plural -nae (-niː)

    1. (often plural) a character in a play, novel, etc
    2. an assumed identity or character
    3. (in Jungian psychology) the mechanism that conceals a person’s true thoughts and feelings, esp in his adaptation to the outside world

    Word Origin for persona Latin: mask Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for personae persona n.

    1917, “outward or social personality,” a Jungian psychology term, from Latin persona “person” (see person). Used earlier (1909) by Ezra Pound in the sense “literary character representing voice of the author.” Persona grata is Late Latin, literally “an acceptable person,” originally applied to diplomatic representatives acceptable to the governments to which they were sent; hence also persona non grata (plural personæ non gratæ).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper personae in Medicine persona [pər-sō′nə] n. pl. per•so•nas

    1. The role that one assumes or displays in public or society; one’s public image or personality, as distinguished from the inner self.

    The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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