Definition of personification in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˌsɒnɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form: the book provides a sustained account of how literary personification works
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  • In those cultures, many scholars and many books would say the same: All these gods are then personification of some nature or phenomenon.
  • The function of this process of personification is that it permits nature to be thought of as if it were a society of persons, and so makes of it a social or moral order.
  • Evil, mysterious, hostile to health and goodness, demons were once viewed as inferior gods-the personification of the powers behind human sickness, idolatry, and heresy.
2A figure intended to represent an abstract quality: the knight is accompanied by two feminine personifications of vice
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  • The biblical figures bracket seated personifications of Virtues, and they establish the underlying context: mankind's redemption through Christ's advent.
  • By far the majority of personifications are feminine, products of either an idealization or demonization of woman.
  • Eros is a term insufficiently abstract; Eros is a god, Aphrodite a personification.
embodiment, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence, type, symbol, soul, picture, model, symbolization, exemplification, exemplar, image, representation, likeness, manifestation
rare avatar
2.1A person or thing regarded as embodying a quality, concept, etc. he was the very personification of British pluck and diplomacy
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  • The ultimate personification of God's love was Jesus, and His love was expressed through the action of dying on the cross.
  • She is the archetypal personification of the sonnet claim because she promises Petrarch poetic fame.
  • His public image was the personification of noblesse oblige, a wholesome and vigorous young president with a beautiful wife and young children.

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