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Definition of "personification" [per•son•i•fi•ca•tion]

  • The act of personifying. (noun)
  • A person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification: "He's invisible, a walking personification of the Negative” ( Ralph Ellison). (noun)
  • A figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form, as in Hunger sat shivering on the road or Flowers danced about the lawn. Also called prosopopeia. (noun)
  • Artistic representation of an abstract quality or idea as a person. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "personification" in a sentence
  • "All that alpha male personification is just too wonderful to pass up."
  • "Like the Arab the Indian is profuse in personification; but the doctrine of pre-existence, of incarnation and emanation and an excessive spiritualism ever aiming at the infinite, makes his imagery run mad."
  • "If you gotta go, then Gaiman's Death personification is not a half bad way to do it!"