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verb (used with object), per·son·i·fied, per·son·i·fy·ing.
  1. to attribute human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction), as in speech or writing.
  2. to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
  3. to embody (a quality, idea, etc.) in a real person or a concrete thing.
  4. to be an embodiment or incarnation of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
  5. to personate.
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Origin of personify

1720–30; person + -ify; compare French personnifier, Italian personificare
Related formsper·son·i·fi·a·ble, adjectiveper·son·i·fi·ant, adjectiveper·son·i·fi·er, nounun·per·son·i·fied, adjectiveun·per·son·i·fy·ing, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • The unpersonified sense seems to survive in a few passages of the Rigveda.

    A History of Sanskrit Literature

    Arthur A. MacDonell

British Dictionary definitions for unpersonified


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to attribute human characteristics to (a thing or abstraction)
  2. to represent (an abstract quality) in human or animal form
  3. (of a person or thing) to represent (an abstract quality), as in art or literature
  4. to be the embodiment of
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Derived Formspersonifiable, adjectivepersonifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for unpersonified



1727 "to attribute personal form to things or abstractions" (especially as an artistic or literary technique), from person + -fy or from French personnifier (17c.), from personne. Meaning "to represent, embody" attested from 1806. Related: Personified; personifying.

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