- 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 personifying
No doubt this represents a man transformed into, or personifying, a snake.Human Animals
When men had come to perceive that it was a force, they had passed the personifying stage.The Hearts of Men
Artists and poets have had a fashion of personifying them as allegorical figures.Sir Joshua Reynolds
Estelle M. Hurll
Whatever the hidden ground of policy may be, their thought still clothes itself in personifying language.
The continuity of person is preserved by this fiction, as in Rome it was by personifying the inheritance ad interim.
- 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 personifying
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