personification: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pur-son"u-fi-kā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, esp. as a rhetorical figure.
  2. the representation of a thing or abstraction in the form of a person, as in art.
  3. the person or thing embodying a quality or the like; an embodiment or incarnation: He is the personification of tact.
  4. an imaginary person or creature conceived or figured to represent a thing or abstraction.
  5. the act of personifying.
  6. a character portrayal or representation in a dramatic or literary work.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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