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PERSONIFICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does personification mean? 

PERSONIFICATION (noun)
  The noun PERSONIFICATION has 3 senses:

1. a person who represents an abstract quality
2. representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
3. the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

  Familiarity information: PERSONIFICATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERSONIFICATION (noun)


Sense 1personification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who represents an abstract quality

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

she is the personification of optimism

Hypernyms ("personification" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "personification"):

avatar; embodiment; incarnation (a new personification of a familiar idea)

queen (something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind)


Sense 2personification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

prosopopoeia; personification

Hypernyms ("personification" is a kind of...):

figure; figure of speech; image; trope (language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense)


Sense 3personification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

personification; incarnation

Hypernyms ("personification" is a kind of...):

embodiment (giving concrete form to an abstract concept)


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