Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or displaying remarkable, memorable character: "It was easy to forget what a sensitive and characterful performance he could deliver” ( Charles Champlin).

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  • adj. Full of character.

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Examples

  • Running for just six nights over the next two weeks, this brand new incarnation of the London cabaret scene's much-loved get-together sees them take on a venue as idiosyncratic as some of their performers – the Old Vic Tunnels, otherwise known as the characterful vaults beneath Waterloo train station.

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  • One of the owners is Colombian and the Botero prints and other South American knick-knacks all add to its characterful appeal.

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  • Abergavenny Bookshop1 High Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 5RY, 01873 850380A characterful and intimate space with a strong selection of general books covering fiction, travel, gardening, food and drink, as well as a well-stocked children's section located at the back.

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  • They're just more characterful, somehow, and the texture of the top is more varied, and thus interesting.

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  • Two examples, from her impressive "Transformation" disc, are the pianist's soulful performance of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in F Minor and her sprightly, exceptionally characterful transversal of Igor Stravinsky's Three Movements From "Petrushka," a transcription based on his ballet score.

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  • Lunch is at the characterful restaurant Maison Rouge (9, rue des Ecoles, Colmar, +33 3 8923 5322), where I'll tuck into a salad of the local Munster cheese, or a delicious tarte flambée, before walking it off along the canal in the area known as Petite Venise (Little Venice).

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  • I'm not a huge fan of London -- I come from the Midlands and we are suspicious of it -- but it was far more characterful in past years and it's becoming a parody of itself in some areas, which is a shame.

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  • Spare, probing, intense and extraordinarily characterful, Tuur's compositions work on an almost physical level, using insistent gestures to build structures of sound that are both powerful and deeply moving - and even, in the case of the final piece, downright exalting.

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  • That's a shame: works such as the Op 5 Impromptus, the Albumblätter Op 124 and all eight of the Noveletten Op 21 aren't recorded often, and need more characterful interpreters than Pescia.

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  • Ms. Occhipinti has received much critical praise for characterful reds such as this Nero d'Avola-Frappato blend, which features lots of crunchy red fruit with a pleasingly earthy undertone.

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