- 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 personify
Prabhakaran had come to personify the movement, and his end, so wretched, became the emblem of Tamil defeat and Sinhalese triumph.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka’s Reign of Terror
November 15, 2013
Florida shopping-center magnate Mel Sembler is proud to personify the sort of Republican fat cat that Mitt Romney is depending on.Mel Sembler: Mitt Romney’s Florida Fat Cat
August 24, 2012
ARIES Hitting your stride, you personify progressive ideals without seeming like a free radical.What the Stars Hold for Your Week
Starsky + Cox
July 23, 2011
A public apology is one should personify the first of these.The Dos and Don'ts of Confessing Affairs
The Daily Beast Video
December 2, 2009
Like mythology, Greek philosophy has a tendency to personify ideas.Sophist
This is only a convenience, because it seems necessary to personify.The Book of the Damned
That man has a strong motive for my death, and to personify me afterwards.Rattlin the Reefer
Now it is often convenient to personify Nature, but we must not be misled.Parenthood and Race Culture
Caleb Williams Saleeby
It is natural for us to personify and envelop in mystery the things that we do not understand.Plain English
- 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 personify
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