per·son·i·fi·ca·tion | \ pər-ˌsä-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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

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Examples of personification in a Sentence

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

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But if 2017 was a year of extreme belligerence from the North Korean leader, the first six months of 2018 have been the personification of the Pyongyang charm offensive. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "How Trump and Kim made it to 'hello'," 9 June 2018 The dark figure in the doorway may be a personification of Death at the door, standing over the future President’s shoulder, about to shut the door on the light. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "This artist's works will blow you away in Sacramento exhibit | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018 For the first half of the show, the Tuunbaq functions almost as a personification of the aggressiveness of the landscape, like Open Water’s sharks. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018 Her traveling companion, a little girl, is a personification of the future. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "One of These Five Innovative Memorials Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans," 11 May 2018 In the old testament, Sophia is the personification of wisdom, portrayed in the Book of Proverbs as a symbol of femininity. Lauren Warnecke,, "Moving Company’s ‘Dance Shelter’ always defies expectations; sometimes, it works," 11 May 2018 The second is ordinal-linguistic personification, or OLP, in which different parts of a sequence — days of the week, but also things like letters of the alphabet and months of the year — are each imbued with their own unique personalities. Cari Romm, The Cut, "I Can’t Stop Reading This Twitter Thread on People Who Literally See Time," 10 May 2018 For until his death last December, at age 86, Pickens was the personification of youthful energy, the man routinely conjuring storms of sound at the piano. Howard Reich,, "Celebrating the music of piano giant Willie Pickens," 10 Apr. 2018 But in many ways, Moustakas has become the personification of the cold market. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The fickle worth and uncertain future of Mike Moustakas | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of personification

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of personification

: 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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