- When you say "the sky was crying," this is an example of a time when you personify the sky.
- When a corporation stands for all that is greedy and wrong with the business world, this is an example of when the corporation personifies greed and evil.
To personify is to give human characteristics to something, or to represent in human or physical form.
- to think or speak of (a thing) as having life or personality; represent as a person: to personify a ship by referring to it as “she”
- to symbolize (an abstract idea) by a human figure, as in art
- to be a symbol or perfect example of (some quality, thing, or idea); typify; embody
Origin of personifyFrench personifier: see person and amp; -fy
transitive verbper·son·i·fied, per·son·i·fy·ing, per·son·i·fies
- To think of or represent (an inanimate object or abstraction) as having personality or the qualities, thoughts, or movements of a living being: “To make history or psychology alive I personify it” (Ana&idie;s Nin).
- To represent (an object or abstraction) by a human figure.
- To represent (an abstract quality or idea): This character personifies evil.
- To be the embodiment or perfect example of: “Stalin now personified bolshevism in the eyes of the world” (A.J.P. Taylor).
Origin of personifyFrench personnifier, from personne, person, from Old French persone; see person.
(third-person singular simple present personifies, present participle personifying, simple past and past participle personified)