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personify
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Moby Dick
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as in: She personifies wisdom. Define
to be a perfect example of
  • All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.
  • In the midst of the personified impersonal, a personality stands here.

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  • Nor even in our superstitions do we fail to throw the same snowy mantle round our phantoms; all ghosts rising in a milk-white fog—Yea, while these terrors seize us, let us add, that even the king of terrors, when personified by the evangelist, rides on his pallid horse.

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  • She personifies optimism.
  • In her imagination he was that terrible moaning personified.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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as in: She personifies wisdom. Define
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as in: a cartoon with personified bears Define
to attribute human characteristics to objects, plants, or animals
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