persona meaning

[ pə:'səunə ] Pronunciation:   "persona" in a sentence
  • Noun: persona (personas,personae)  pur'sownu
    1. An actor's portrayal of someone in a play
      - character, role, theatrical role, part 
    2. (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world
      - image

    Derived forms: personas, personae

    See also: impersonate, personify

    Type of: appearance, characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal, visual aspect

    Encyclopedia: Persona

  • [Architecture]

    A mask of terra-cotta, marble, etc., designed to imitate the human face or the head of an animal, usually in grotesque form, employed as an antefix in buildings, as an ornament for discharging water, or as a gargoyle.


  • [Medicine]
    n pl personas : an individual's social facade or front that esp. in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing —compare ANIMA 1


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  1. he forgot to buy more coffee yesterday, so he was persona for attack at breakfast this morning!
  2. an objective that the persona is attempting to achieve
  3. after that he was looking for a different persona
  4. a system helps the persona reach these goals
  5. a documented day in the life of a persona

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