personification

noun per·son·i·fi·ca·tion \ pər-ˌsä-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  1. the use of personification in a story

  2. a personification of justice as a woman with her eyes covered

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First Known Use of personification

1728


PERSONIFICATION Defined for English Language Learners

personification

noun

Definition of personification for English Language Learners

  • : 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.



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