What does personification mean?

Definitions for personificationpərˌsɒn ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən

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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

  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

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. personnification.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Susan J. Bissonette:

    An optimist is the human personification of spring.

  2. Gerry Bowler:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Louis Pasteur:

    Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.

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