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personify

used in a sentence
2 meanings
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1  —as in:
She personifies wisdom.
Definition to be a perfect example of
  • She personifies optimism.
personifies = is a perfect example of
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There are texts from Maya, who saw me on the news and thinks I'm dope personified, and texts from Chris.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • personified = represented perfectly
  • For us Ultima personified goodness, and any risk in defense of goodness was right.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • These were followed by the Moralities, plays in which were personified abstract virtues and vices.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Peeperkorn was courtesy personified, by the way.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In her imagination he was that terrible moaning personified.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I thought that for Deo the begging woman personified the problems of his country, and his fears for it.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The lady was also in green, and so richly and splendidly dressed that splendour itself seemed personified in her.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Night, in its sad, solemn, and benevolent aspect, apart from its stealthy and cruel side, was personified in this form.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The two of us personified the mix of arts and technology; right brain/left brain, drama guy/computer guy.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture

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2  —as in:
a cartoon with personified bears
Definition to attribute human characteristics to objects, plants, or animals
  • Note the use of personification as when she wrote, "The clouds laughed at me."
personification = to attribute human characteristics to objects, plants, or animals
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia:  Pathetic Fallacy
Less commonly:
More rarely, personify can have a specialized meaning in literature:  to represent an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature — as in a fable where a fox personifies cleverness.
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