Personae

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persona

[per-soh-nuh]
noun, plural personae [per-soh-nee] , personas.
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:
1905–10; < Latin persōna mask, character. See person

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persona (pɜːˈsəʊnə)
 
n , pl -nae
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
 
[Latin: mask]

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persona
1917, "outward or social personality," a Jungian psychology term, from L. persona "person" (see person). Used earlier (1909) by Ezra Pound in the sense "literary character representing voice of the author." Persona grata (1882) is from L.L., lit. "an acceptable person," originally
applied to diplomatic representatives acceptable to the governments to which they were sent; persona non grata is attested from 1904 (pl. is personæ non gratæ).
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persona per·so·na (pər-sō'nə)
n. pl. per·so·nas or per·so·nae (-nē)
The role that one assumes or displays in public or society; one's public image or personality, as distinguished from the inner self.

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