Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To attribute human qualities to ( something inanimate, an abstraction, etc.); represent or refer to as a person.

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Usage examples "personify":

  1. A young Circassian, so it is alleged, was employed to personate the prince, whilst another representative was found to personify Nikon, the late patriarch of the Russian Church, who had been deposed and imprisoned by the Czar. - "Claimants to Royalty", John H. Ingram.
  2. The occasions on which you ought to personify things, and those on which you ought not, cannot be stated in any precise rule. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  3. The intent seems to be to personify the fearful cold that overtakes and benumbs the traveler in the great Canadian forests in winter. - "Locusts and Wild Honey", John Burroughs.