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Definition of personification

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per·son·i·fi·ca·tion  audio  (pr-sn-f-kshn) KEY 

  1. The act of personifying.
  2. A person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification: "He's invisible, a walking personification of the Negative" (Ralph Ellison).
  3. A figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form, as in Hunger sat shivering on the road or Flowers danced about the lawn. Also called prosopopeia.
  4. Artistic representation of an abstract quality or idea as a person.

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