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persona

[per-soh-nuh] /pərˈsoʊ nə/
noun, plural personae
[per-soh-nee] /pərˈsoʊ ni/ (Show IPA),
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
1905-1910
1905-10; < Latin persōna mask, character. See person
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British Dictionary definitions for personas

persona

/pɜːˈsəʊnə/
noun (pl) -nae (-niː)
1.
(often pl) 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
Latin: mask
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Word Origin and History for personas

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).

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personas in Medicine

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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Encyclopedia Article for personas

persona

in literature, the person who is understood to be speaking (or thinking or writing) a particular work. The persona is almost invariably distinct from the author; it is the voice chosen by the author for a particular artistic purpose. The persona may be a character in the work or merely an unnamed narrator; but, insofar as the manner and style of expression in the work exhibit taste, prejudice, emotion, or other characteristics of a human personality, the work may be said to be in the voice of a persona

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