Definitions for personifypərˈsɒn əˌfaɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
per•son•i•fypərˈsɒn əˌfaɪ(v.t.)-fied, -fy•ing.
to attribute a human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction).
to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
to be an embodiment of; typify:
He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
Origin of personify:
1720–30; cf. F personnifier, It personificare
invest with or as with a body; give body to
embody, be, personify(verb)
represent, as of a character on stage
"Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
attribute human qualities to something
"The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"
To be an example of; to have all the attributes of.
Mozart could be said to personify the idea of a musical genius.
To create a representation of an abstract quality in the form of a literary character.
The writer personified death in the form of the Grim Reaper.
to regard, treat, or represent as a person; to represent as a rational being
to be the embodiment or personification of; to impersonate; as, he personifies the law
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