Definition of Personification

1. Noun. A person who represents an abstract quality. "She is the personification of optimism"

Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Avatar, Embodiment, Incarnation, Queen
Derivative terms: Personify



2. Noun. Representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature.
Exact synonyms: Prosopopoeia
Generic synonyms: Figure, Figure Of Speech, Image, Trope
Derivative terms: Personify

3. Noun. The act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc..
Exact synonyms: Incarnation
Generic synonyms: Embodiment
Derivative terms: Personify

Definition of Personification

1. n. The act of personifying; impersonation; embodiment.

Definition of Personification

1. Noun. A person, thing or name typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification. ¹

2. Noun. A figure of speech, prosopopeia, in which an inanimate object or an abstraction is given human qualities. ¹

3. Noun. An artistic representation of an abstract quality as a human ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Personification

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Personification

personate
personated
personates
personating
personation
personations
personative
personator
personators
personeities
personeity
personhood
personhoods
personifacation
personifacations
personification (current term)
personifications
personified
personifier
personifiers
personifies
personify
personifying
personize
personized
personizes
personizing
personlike
personnel
personnel carrier

Literary usage of Personification

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1. Elements of Criticism by Henry Home Kames (1870)
"But it is evident, from numberless instances, that personification is not always so complete: it is a common figure in descriptive poetry, understood to be ..."

2. Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy by Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1891)
"Effect of Language in formation of Myth—Material personification primary, Verbal personification secondary—Grammatical Gender, male and female, ..."

3. A Manual of Composition and Rhetoric: A Text-book for Schools and Colleges by John Seely Hart (1892)
"personification. personification consists in attributing life to things ... But there may be Apostrophe without personification, as in the lament of David ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1840)
"ON personification. PABT II. ... attempted to explain, and illustrate by familiar or forcible examples, the feelings by which personification is prompted, ..."

5. Manual of English Rhetoric by Andrew Dousa Hepburn (1875)
"the germ of personification, but it is more convenient to class them with the tropes, and confine personification to those forms in which inanimate objects, ..."

6. Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews by Robert Lowth (1829)
"THE last in order of those figures, which I proposed to treat of, as being most adapted to the parabolic style, is the Prosopopoeia, or personification. ..."

7. Philological Studies: With English Illustrations by Josiah Willard Gibbs, Karl Ferdinand Becker (1857)
"personification of the members of the human body; as, Job 29: 11, ‘When the ear heard me, then it blessed ... This species of personification is peculiarly ..."

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