Your persona is the public image you present to the world. When T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" about preparing "a face to meet the faces that you meet," he had the persona in mind.

In ancient Latin the word persona meant "mask." The word also can refer to a character played by an actor. While a persona is not considered a lie or a falsehood, its meaning implies that it is only part of the truth. Like all masks, there is "real" person beneath. Often a performer will take on a persona to express certain parts of himself: the rapper Eminem also goes by the name Slim Shady to express his darker self.

Definitions of persona

n (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world

Type of:
appearance, visual aspect
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

n an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

character, part, role, theatrical role
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bit part, minor role
a small role
a serious (or tragic) role in a play
the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
name part, title role
the role of the character after whom the play is named
the main good female character in a work of fiction
baddie, villain
the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
a minor female role as a pert flirtatious lady's maid in a comedy
Type of:
characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal
acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

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