personification


per·son·i·fi·ca·tion

noun \pər-ˌsä-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

: a person who has a lot of a particular quality and who is the perfect example of someone who has that quality

: an imaginary person that represents a thing or idea

: the practice of representing a thing or idea as a person in art, literature, etc.

Full Definition of PERSONIFICATION

1
:  attribution of personal qualities; especially :  representation of a thing or abstraction as a person or by the human form
2
:  a divinity or imaginary being representing a thing or abstraction

Examples of PERSONIFICATION

  1. the use of personification in a story
  2. a personification of justice as a woman with her eyes covered

First Known Use of PERSONIFICATION

circa 1755

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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