These nouns refer to the combination of qualities that identify a person. Disposition is approximately equivalent to prevailing frame of mind or spirit: “A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side” (George Eliot). Temperament applies broadly to the sum of physical, emotional, and intellectual components that affect or determine a person's actions and reactions: “She is . . . of a serene and proud and dignified temperament” (H.G. Wells). Character especially emphasizes moral and ethical qualities: “Education has for its object the formation of character” (Herbert Spencer). Personality is the sum of distinctive traits that give a person individuality: possessed a truly unique personality.Nature denotes native or inherent qualities: “It is my habit,—I hope I may say, my nature,—to believe the best of people” (George W. Curtis).