- to attribute human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction), as in speech or writing.
- to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
- to embody (a quality, idea, etc.) in a real person or a concrete thing.
- to be an embodiment or incarnation of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
- to personate.
Origin of personify
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4. represent, exemplify, incorporate.
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Examples from the Web for personified
She is against the patriarchy, especially when personified in villainous ogres like the Duke of Deception.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Fast food and personified death: not exactly Hallmark material.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico
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New York cannot be personified; it is not an autonomous entity.New York Is Taylor Swift’s New Boyfriend
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Which brings us to the elephant in the room—the rapacious advance of online bookselling, personified by Amazon.Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore
July 30, 2014
That moment, he told Steve Kornacki, “personified a mindset that I was part of and that an amazing number of people were part of.”Newt Gingrich Faces Reality, Admits Conservatives Were Out of Touch
March 5, 2013
Doltimore is Self-conceit personified,—and Self-conceit is horn-eyed.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Break with this man, who personified authority and the King, he dared not.St. Martin's Summer
He was worshiping not the animal-headed idols, but the attributes which they personified.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
Indignation was personified in him, as he answered, "Them pigs has been in my corn."
Then she was personified as a woman and identified with a cow.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
- to attribute human characteristics to (a thing or abstraction)
- to represent (an abstract quality) in human or animal form
- (of a person or thing) to represent (an abstract quality), as in art or literature
- to be the embodiment of
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Word Origin and History for personified
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