What does personification mean?

Definitions for personification
pərˌsɒn ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃənper·son·i·fi·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. personification(noun)

    a person who represents an abstract quality

    "she is the personification of optimism"

  2. personification, prosopopoeia(noun)

    representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

  3. personification, incarnation(noun)

    the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.


  1. personification(Noun)

    A person, thing or name typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification.

    Adolf Hitler was the personification of anti-Semitism.

  2. personification(Noun)

    A figure of speech, prosopopeia, in which an inanimate object or an abstraction is given human qualities.

    The writer used personification to convey her ideas.

  3. personification(Noun)

    An artistic representation of an abstract quality as a human

    The Grim Reaper is a personification of death.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Personification(noun)

    the act of personifying; impersonation; embodiment

    Etymology: [Cf. F. personnification.]

  2. Personification(noun)

    a figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstract idea is represented as animated, or endowed with personality; prosopop/ia; as, the floods clap their hands

    Etymology: [Cf. F. personnification.]

Editors Contribution

  1. personification

    The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. A figure intended to represent an abstract quality.

    The car was suffering and in need of some TLC.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 18, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of personification in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of personification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of personification in a Sentence

  1. Gil Robertson:

    ( The movie) is the personification of the spirit of multiculturalism and the willingness to cast diversely. If there was a true willingness to see diversity, that would happen.

  2. Ken Wong:

    The thing people are getting excited about with this team is not just how they play, which by itself is important, but it is the whole nature of team and it starts with Leonard, he is the personification of what Canadians want their heroes to be; a stoic, understated, works hard and just goes out and gets the job done.

  3. Gerry Bowler:

    Merchants seized on this guy right away, they immediately saw the possibility that this personification could be useful in their selling.

  4. Susan J. Bissonette:

    An optimist is the human personification of spring.

  5. David Letterman:

    We've lost 5,000 fellow New Yorkers, and you can feel it. You can feel it, you can see it, rudolph Giuliani is the personification of courage.

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