Personify meaning

pər-sŏn'ə-fī'
To personify is to give human characteristics to something, or to represent in human or physical form.

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.

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To represent (an object or abstraction) by a human figure.
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To represent (an abstract quality or idea).

This character personifies evil.

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To think of or represent (an inanimate object or abstraction) as having personality or the qualities, thoughts, or movements of a living being.
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To be the embodiment or perfect example of.
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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”

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To symbolize (an abstract idea) by a human figure, as in art.
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To be a symbol or perfect example of (some quality, thing, or idea); typify; embody.
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To be an example of; to have all the attributes of.

Mozart could be said to personify the idea of a musical genius.

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To create a representation of an abstract quality in the form of a literary character.

The writer personified death in the form of the Grim Reaper.

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Origin of personify

  • French personnifier from personne person from Old French persone person
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition