verb (used with object), personified, personifying.
to attribute human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction), as in speech or writing.
to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
to embody (a quality, idea, etc.) in a real person or a concrete thing.
to be an embodiment or incarnation of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
to personate.

1720–30; person + -ify; compare French personnifier, Italian personificare

personifiable, adjective
personifiant, adjective
personifier, noun
unpersonified, adjective
unpersonifying, adjective

4. represent, exemplify, incorporate. Unabridged
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personify (pɜːˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -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

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Word Origin & History

1727 "to attribute personal form to things or abstractions" (especially as an artistic or literary technique), from Fr. personnifier (17c.), as if from L. *personificare, from persona (see person) + -ficare "to make."
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Example sentences
They represent the spirit of an age and personify the minds and hearts of the
  people who inhabit them.
Personify this in religion, or rationalize it in mathematical causality.
Far from being the personification of integrity, honour and all the rest of it,
  he came to personify something else entirely.
Three distinct periods intended to personify various degrees of economic
  devastation and recovery are represented here.
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