5481. charaktér
Strong's Concordance
charaktér: a tool for engraving
Original Word: χαρακτήρ, ῆρος, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: charaktér
Phonetic Spelling: (khar-ak-tare')
Definition: a tool for engraving
Usage: an impression, representation, exact reproduction; a graving-tool.
HELPS Word-studies

5481 xaraktḗr – properly, an engraving; (figuratively) an exact impression (likeness) which also reflects inner character.

[5481 /xaraktḗr was originally a tool (used for engraving) and then came to mean "a die" ("mould"). Finally it stood for a stamp or impress used on a coin or seal (see H, 368). In each case, the stamp conveyed the reality behind the image.]

The Greek fathers (ad 100 -500) used 5481 /xaraktḗr ("the ultimate radiance") of the supreme effulgence of Christ, showing forth His glory as the second Person of the eternal Godhead (Heb 1:3).

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from the same as charagma
a tool for engraving
NASB Translation
exact representation (1).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 5481: χαρακτήρ

χαρακτήρ, χαρακτηρος, (χαράσσω to engrave, cut into), from Aeschylus and Herodotus down;

1. properly, the instrument used in engraving or carving (cf. ζωστήρ, λαμπτήρ, λουτήρ, φυσητήρ; cf. our 'stamp' or 'die').

2. the mark (figure or letters) stamped upon that instrument or wrought out on it; hence, universally, "a mark or figure burned in (Leviticus 13:28) or stamped on, an impression; the exact expression (the image) of any person or thing, marked likeness, precise reproduction in every respect" (cf. facsimile): χαρακτήρ τῆς ὑποστάσεως τοῦ Θεοῦ, of Christ, accusative to his nature as θεῖος λόγος, Hebrews 1:3; σφραγῖδι Θεοῦ, ἧς χαρακτήρ ἐστιν ἀΐδιος λόγος, Philo de plant. Noë § 5; χαρακτήρ θείας δυνάμεως, of the human mind, Philo, quod det. potiori ins. § 23; God τόν ἄνθρωπον ἔπλασεν τῆς ἑαυτοῦ ἐκονος χαρακτῆρα, Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 33, 4 [ET]; οἱ πιστοί ἐν ἀγάπη χαρακτῆρα Θεοῦ πατρός διά Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ (ἔχουσιν), Ignatius ad Magnes. 5, 2 [ET]. the peculiarity, by which things are recognized and distinguished from each other (cf. English characteristic): 2 Macc. 4:10.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
exact representation, exact likeness

From the same as charax; a graver (the tool or the person), i.e. (by implication) engraving (("character"), the figure stamped, i.e. An exact copy or (figuratively) representation) -- express image.

see GREEK charax

Forms and Transliterations
χαρακτηρ χαρακτήρ χαρακτὴρ χαράκωσιν charakter charaktēr charaktḕr
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Englishman's Concordance
Hebrews 1:3 N-NMS
GRK: δόξης καὶ χαρακτὴρ τῆς ὑποστάσεως
NAS: of His glory and the exact representation of His nature,
KJV: and the express image of his
INT: glory and [the] exact expression of the substance

Strong's Greek 5481
1 Occurrence

χαρακτὴρ — 1 Occ.

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