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verb per·son·i·fy \pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī\

: to have a lot of (a particular quality) : to be the perfect example of a person who has (a quality)

: to think of or represent (a thing or idea) as a person or as having human qualities or powers


Full Definition of PERSONIFY

transitive verb
:  to conceive of or represent as a person or as having human qualities or powers
:  to be the embodiment or personification of :  incarnate <a teacher who personified patience>
per·son·i·fi·er \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of PERSONIFY

  1. The ancient Greeks personified the forces of nature as gods and goddesses.
  2. Justice is personified as a woman with her eyes covered.

First Known Use of PERSONIFY

circa 1741

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
PERSONIFIED Defined for Kids


verb per·son·i·fy \pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of PERSONIFY for Kids

:  to think of or represent as a person <The hero is bravery personified.>


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