Definitions for personifypərˈsɒn əˌfaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•son•i•fypərˈsɒn əˌfaɪ(v.t.)-fied, -fy•ing.

  1. to attribute a human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction).

    Category: Rhetoric

  2. to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.

  3. to be an embodiment of; typify:

    He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.

Origin of personify:

1720–30; cf. F personnifier, It personificare


Princeton's WordNet

  1. body, personify(verb)

    invest with or as with a body; give body to

  2. embody, be, personify(verb)

    represent, as of a character on stage

    "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"

  3. personify, personate(verb)

    attribute human qualities to something

    "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"


  1. personify(Verb)

    To be an example of; to have all the attributes of.

    Mozart could be said to personify the idea of a musical genius.

  2. personify(Verb)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Personify(verb)

    to regard, treat, or represent as a person; to represent as a rational being

  2. Personify(verb)

    to be the embodiment or personification of; to impersonate; as, he personifies the law


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