What does impersonal mean?

Definitions for impersonalɪmˈpɜr sə nl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word impersonal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impersonal(adj)

    not relating to or responsive to individual persons

    "an impersonal corporation"; "an impersonal remark"

  2. impersonal, neutral(adj)

    having no personal preference

    "impersonal criticism"; "a neutral observer"


  1. impersonal(Adjective)

    not personal; not representing a person; not having personality

    An almighty but impersonal power, called Fate. uE00028044uE001Sir J. Stephen.

  2. impersonal(Adjective)

    Lacking warmth or emotion; cold.

    She sounded impersonal as she gave her report of the Nazi death camps.

  3. impersonal(Adjective)

    not having a subject, or having a third person pronoun without an antecedent

    The verb u201Crainu201D is impersonal in sentences like u201CItu2019s raining.u201D

  4. Origin: From French impersonnel, from Latin impersonalis, from Latin im- + personalis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impersonal(adj)

    not personal; not representing a person; not having personality

  2. Impersonal(noun)

    that which wants personality; specifically (Gram.), an impersonal verb

  3. Origin: [L. impersonalis; pref. im- not + personalis personal: cf. F. impersonnel. See Personal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impersonal

    im-pėr′sun-al, adj. not having personality: (gram.) not varied according to the persons.—n. Impersonal′ity.—adv. Imper′sonally.—v.t. Imper′sonāte, to invest with personality or the bodily substance of a person: to ascribe the qualities of a person to: to personify: to assume the person or character of, esp. on the stage.—adj. personified.—ns. Impersonā′tion; Imper′sonātor.

Anagrams for impersonal »

  1. mailperson, prolamines

  2. Mailperson

  3. Prolamines


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impersonal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impersonal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hubert H. Humphrey:

    The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    What omniscience has music! So absolutely impersonal, yet every sufferer feels his secret sorrow soothed.

  3. Alfred Jarry:

    The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

  4. J. Bronowski:

    Who has not hopedTo outrage an enemy's dignityWho has not been sweptBy the wish to hurtAnd who has not thought that the impersonal worldDeserves no better than to be destroyedBy one fabulous sign of his displeasure

  5. Real Live Preacher:

    The universe seems wondrous to me, with or without God. It has powerful lines and uncompromising ways. Patience and time sit like sages on the planets, strong and impersonal. There is a stark beauty to all of this.

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