- the attribution of human nature or character to animals, inanimate objects, or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure.
- the representation of a thing or abstraction in the form of a person, as in art.
- the person or thing embodying a quality or the like; an embodiment or incarnation: He is the personification of tact.
- an imaginary person or creature conceived or figured to represent a thing or abstraction.
- the act of personifying; the attributing of human qualities to an animal, object, or abstraction: The author's personification of the farm animals made for an enchanting children's book.
- a character portrayal or representation in a dramatic or literary work.
Origin of personification
Examples from the Web for personification
Contemporary Examples of personification
Blues with a country beat, the fusion of black and white, had found its personification in Elvis.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
Throughout Fault in Our Stars, Gus is the personification of strength and confidence.Ranking the Saddest Scenes in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
June 9, 2014
In 1968, Ted Nugent was a lightning rod, a personification of transformational freedom.The GOP’s Real Ted Nugent Problem
February 22, 2014
Quell is a feral creature; a personification of the Freudian id.Why Joaquin Phoenix, Who Wows in ‘Her,’ Is the Greatest Actor Alive
December 14, 2013
Greenwald is the personification of the paranoid streak in American politics.Is Prism Really a Scandal?
Alan M. Dershowitz
June 9, 2013
Historical Examples of personification
You are the personification of fortune, of beauty, and of youth, my dear Seigneur; my only pleasure is in you.The Dream
In such case Notscha would be a personification of the thunder.The Chinese Fairy Book
He is rather the personification in painting of the soul of Dante.
The goddess has also been regarded as a personification of water, the ocean, or its foam.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
Allatu would, according to this view, be a personification of the 'earth.'The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- the attribution of human characteristics to things, abstract ideas, etc, as for literary or artistic effect
- the representation of an abstract quality or idea in the form of a person, creature, etc, as in art and literature
- a person or thing that personifies
- a person or thing regarded as an embodiment of a qualityhe is the personification of optimism
Word Origin and History for personification
1755, noun of action from personify. Sense of "embodiment of a quality in a person" is attested from 1807.