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personification

noun

  1. (person)  a person who represents an abstract quality
    Synonyms: prosopopeia [American/Canadian spelling], prosopopoeia [British spelling]. Type of: person
  2. (trope)  representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
    Synonyms: prosopopeia [American/Canadian spelling], prosopopoeia [British spelling]. Type of: trope
  3. (embodiment)  the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas, and so on
    Synonyms: incarnation, prosopopeia [American/Canadian spelling], prosopopoeia [British spelling]...

Etymology summary

noun of action from "personify". Sense of "embodiment of a quality in a person" ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Anthropomorphism | personification

attribution of human form or other characteristics to anything other than a human being. Examples include depicting deities with human form and ascribing human emotions or motives to forces of nature, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. Anthropomorphism... (37 of 4369 words, 7 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Anthropomorphism

Collins Dictionary:

personification

the attribution of human characteristics to things, abstract ideas, etc, as for literary or artistic effect | the representation of an abstract ... (21 of 360 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/personification

Britannica Encyclopedia:

personification [literature]

figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object. An example is "The Moon doth with ... (24 of 169 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/453037​/personification

Merriam-Webster:

personification | embodiment [synonym, sense-specific] | incarnation [synonym, sense-specific] | abstract [synonym, sense-specific] | avatar [synonym, sense-specific] | embodier [synonym, sense-specific] | epitome [synonym, sense-specific] | externalization [synonym, sense-specific] | genius [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

attribution of personal qualities ; especially, representation of a thing or abstraction as a person or by the human form | a divinity or imaginary ... (24 of 115 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/personification

Oxford Dictionary:

personification

the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form | a ... (23 of 98 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/personification

Random House Dictionary:

personification

the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure. | the representation of ... (22 of 95 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/personification

American Heritage Dictionary:

personification | prosopopeia [sense-specific]

The act of personifying. | A person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification | A figure of speech in which ... (24 of 81 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/personification

Cambridge Dictionary:

personify | personification [noun, derived] | personified [adjective, derived]

to be a perfect example of something | [specialized] to treat something as if it were in the form of a human being (22 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/personify

Macmillan British Dictionary:

personification [countable/uncountable, art, literary] | personifications [plural] | the personification of something

the practice of showing a particular quality in the form of a person, or an instance of this | "the personification of something": someone who is a ... (26 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/personification

New World Dictionary:

personification

a personifying or being personified | a person or thing thought of as representing some quality, thing, or idea; embodiment; perfect example | a ... (22 of 48 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/personification

Wiktionary:

personification | personifications [plural]

A person, thing or name typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification. | A figure of speech, prosopopeia, in which an inanimate object or an abstraction is given human qualities. | An artistic representation of an abstract... (38 of 46 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/personification

Columbia Encyclopedia:

personification

figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstract ideas are endowed with human qualities, e.g., allegorical morality plays where characters ... (21 of 43 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0838524​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

personification | personifications [plural]

an embodiment or perfect example of something | a representation of an abstract quality or notion as a human being, especially in art or literature | ... (24 of 64 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725253​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

personification

First use: 1755

Origin: noun of action from "personify". Sense of "embodiment of a quality in a person" is attested from 1807.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=personification

Wiktionary:

personification | personifications [plural]

Origin: Personify + -ication.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/personification

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

personification

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "personification"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/personification

Cambridge Dictionary:

personify

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "personification"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "personification"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/personify

Macmillan British Dictionary:

personification [countable/uncountable, art, literary] | personifications [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "personification"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/personification

Macmillan American Dictionary:

personification [countable/uncountable, art, literary] | personifications [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "personification"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/personification

the Free Dictionary:

personification

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "personification"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "personification"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "personification" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/personification

Google Dictionary:

personification | personifications [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "personification"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=personification

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

personification

Audio: North American pronunciation of "personification"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=person​25 word=personification

YourDictionary Audio:

personification

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "personification" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/personification

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