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


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