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A personality that is friendly, approachable, sociable, amicable, or likeable. He might not be the best instructor in the school, but he has such an affable personality that he is everyone's favorite. I'm not surprised to hear that Jenny gets along well with everyone—she's always had a very affable personality. Joe has such an affable personality that I just can't stay mad at him!
See also: personality
cult of personality
Widespread adulation for and devotion to a public figure that is cultivated, promoted, and supported by heroic portrayals in media and propaganda. The new governor's policies have rankled scores of politicians, but his popularity has endured due to the incredible cult of personality that has grown around him in the age of social media. The young political intellectual spent years gaining the admiration of his countrymen, developing a cult of personality that helped him take power in the country's parliament.
have a split personality
"Split personality" was a former name for "dissociative identity disorder," a psychiatric disorder in which a person maintains two or more seemingly separate, distinct, and enduring personality states.
1. To have an enduring personality state that is seemingly separate and distinct from one's core identity. After she began having gaps in her memory, during which she displayed erratic speech and totally uncharacteristic behavior, her family began to suspect that she might have a split personality. Tom is a 15-year-old from Nebraska. He has a split personality of a 50-year-old businessman from Scotland, a country he has never even visited.
2. To exhibit different moods or behaviors that vary drastically or unpredictably. Man, it feels like the boss has a split personality sometimes. One day, he's your best friend, the next, he'll bite your head off! Janet has a real split personality that comes out on the weekends. She's so reserved and restrained during the week, but she's an absolute party animal whenever we go out to a club!
in the (something) stakes
in regard to having a large or adequate amount of some characteristic or trait. He's an incredibly talented artist, but there's quite a bit lacking in the human decency stakes. For my money, they have the single best operating system of any phone on the market, but they're so far behind in the popularity stakes with consumers that there's no way they can stay competitive.
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Jekyll and Hyde
A person whose personality drastically changes between good and bad. A reference to the main character in the book Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Ever since Kyle became a teenager, he's turned into a real Jekyll and Hyde, and it's impossible to anticipate his mood at any given time.
1. A former name for "dissociative identity disorder," a psychiatric disorder in which a person maintains two or more seemingly separate, distinct, and enduring personality states. After she began having gaps in her memory, during which she displayed erratic speech and totally uncharacteristic behavior, her family began to suspect that she might have split personality.
2. A personality state characteristic of dissociative identity disorder. One of his split personalities is a fifty-year-old businessman from Scotland, a country he has never even visited.
3. A mood, mindset, mode of behavior, etc., that varies drastically from one's typical state. Man, it feels like the boss has split personalities sometimes. One day, he's your best friend, the next, he'll bite your head off! Janet has a real split personality that comes out on the weekends. She's so reserved and restrained during the week, but she's an absolute party animal whenever we go out to a club!
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Jekyll and Hyde
someone with both an evil and a good personality. (From the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.) Bill thinks Mary is so soft and gentle, but she can be very cruel—she is a real Jekyll and Hyde. Jane doesn't know that Fred is a Jekyll and Hyde. She sees him only when he is being kind and generous, but he can be very cruel.
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Jekyll and Hyde
A personality alternating between good and evil behavior, as in You never know whether Bob will be a Jekyll or a Hyde. This expression comes from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). Also see lead a double life.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Jekyll and Hydea person alternately displaying opposing good and evil personalities.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ( 1886 ) is a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson , in which the physician Jekyll, in order to indulge his evil instincts, uses a drug to create the persona of Hyde, which at first he can assume at will but which gradually gains control of him.
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Jekyll and Hyde
An individual who has two completely different sides, one very good and the other evil. The term comes from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), in which one character can switch from the good Dr. Jekyll to the evil Mr. Hyde by taking a drug. Leslie Purnell Davies defined it in The Shadow Before (1971), “We are all a mixture of good and evil, Jekyll and Hyde if you like.”
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