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personify

[per-son-uh-fahy] /pərˈsɒn əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), personified, personifying.
1.
to attribute human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction), as in speech or writing.
2.
to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
3.
to embody (a quality, idea, etc.) in a real person or a concrete thing.
4.
to be an embodiment or incarnation of; typify:
He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
5.
to personate.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; person + -ify; compare French personnifier, Italian personificare
Related forms
personifiable, adjective
personifiant, adjective
personifier, noun
unpersonified, adjective
unpersonifying, adjective
Synonyms
4. represent, exemplify, incorporate.
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British Dictionary definitions for personifier

personify

/pɜːˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to attribute human characteristics to (a thing or abstraction)
2.
to represent (an abstract quality) in human or animal form
3.
(of a person or thing) to represent (an abstract quality), as in art or literature
4.
to be the embodiment of
Derived Forms
personifiable, adjective
personifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for personifier

personify

v.

1727 "to attribute personal form to things or abstractions" (especially as an artistic or literary technique), from person + -fy or from French personnifier (17c.), from personne. Meaning "to represent, embody" attested from 1806. Related: Personified; personifying.

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