- 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 personifies
Tel Aviv, to generalize but slightly, dislikes Netanyahu and fears the future he personifies.Resigned To Loss, But Optimism On The Center-Left
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Ailes personifies Fox in a way that is true for few other corporate executives.Why Roger Ailes Won't Walk Away
October 19, 2012
And he personifies a rugged-yet-sophisticated masculinity that no longer exists.The Hemingway Lesson
July 5, 2011
It might help that Ive, like a younger, healthier Jobs, personifies coolness and creativity.Is Steve Jobs Obsolete?
June 8, 2009
Mr. Falkland personifies the spirit of chivalry at its best and its worst.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
The Hunt, as you may know, personifies our Omegan way of life.The Status Civilization
He thinks through his muscles; he personifies in his thought and his play.Here and Now Story Book
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
We need only pause to note Chesterton personifies this dualism.G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study
He personifies Destruction as a power who holds them in her chains.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. Peter
J. Rawson Lumby
- 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 personifies
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