As far as I understand, they are synonyms.
Is it so?
If not, then what is the difference between them?

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    Oxford Languages gives personality as a synonym of this sense of character (the word has other meanings, of course). Sep 30, 2023 at 11:05

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Character trait has something of the feeling of ethics or morality, thus including such examples as honesty, greed, generosity, and duplicity. By contrast, personality trait is more neutral: shyness, curiosity, talkativeness, and determination.

  • I agree with your distinction between character and personality, but the word trait doesn't seem to fit with character in the sense of moral or ethics. That he's a no good dirty liar isn't a "trait", or that he can be counted on to honor his word or live up to a promise isn't a "trait". So I think trait wrests the meaning of character away from the moral and ethical. Sep 30, 2023 at 12:24

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