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EtymologyEdit

From French impersonnel, from Latin impersōnālis, from im- (not) + persōnālis (personal).

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impersonal (comparative more impersonal, superlative most impersonal)

  1. Not personal; not representing a person; not having personality.
    An almighty but impersonal power, called Fate. –Sir J. Stephen. (Can we date this quote?)
  2. Lacking warmth or emotion; cold.
    She sounded impersonal as she gave her report of the Nazi death camps.
  3. (grammar, of a verb or other word) Not having a subject, or having a third person pronoun without an antecedent.
    The verb “rain” is impersonal in sentences like “It’s raining.”

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin impersōnālis.

AdjectiveEdit

impersonal (masculine and feminine plural impersonals)

  1. impersonal (not representing a person)
    Antonym: personal
  2. (grammar) impersonal (not having a subject)

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impersonal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular impersonale)

  1. (grammar) impersonal

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin impersōnālis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /impersoˈnal/, [ĩmpersoˈnal]

AdjectiveEdit

impersonal (plural impersonales)

  1. impersonal (not representing a person)
    Antonym: personal
  2. (grammar) impersonal (not having a subject)

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