personification

EnglishEdit

 
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Porcelain personifications of the continents (from left to right): America, Europe, Africa and Asia, from circa 1780-1788
 
Rococo set of personification figurines of the Four Elements, from the 1760s


EtymologyEdit

person(ify) +‎ -ification.

PronunciationEdit

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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

NounEdit

personification (countable and uncountable, plural personifications)

  1. A person, thing or name typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification.
    Adolf Hitler was the personification of anti-Semitism.
  2. A literary device in which an inanimate object or an idea is given human qualities.
    The writer used personification to convey her ideas.
  3. An artistic representation of an abstract quality as a human
    The Grim Reaper is a personification of death.

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