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per·son·ate 1

 (pûr′sə-nāt′)
tr.v. per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing, per·son·ates
1. To play the role or portray the part of (a character).
2. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently; impersonate.

[Late Latin persōnāre, persōnāt-, to bear the character of, represent, from Latin persōna, person; see person.]

per′son·a′tion n.
per′son·a′tive adj.
per′son·a′tor n.

per·son·ate 2

 (pûr′sə-nĭt)
adj. Botany
Having two lips, with the throat closed by a prominent palate. Used of a corolla, such as that of the snapdragon.

[Latin persōnātus, masked, from persōna, mask; see person.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.personation - imitating the mannerisms of another person
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
apery, mimicry - the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
2.personation - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
impression - an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny impression of a politician"
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
References in classic literature ?
The unfortunate woman's last idea in connection with Sir Percival was the idea of annoying and distressing him, and of elevating herself, as she supposed, in the estimation of the patients and nurses, by assuming the character of his deceased wife, the scheme of this personation having evidently occurred to her after a stolen interview which she had succeeded in obtaining with Lady Glyde, and at which she had observed the extraordinary accidental likeness between the deceased lady and herself.
She had felt a strong curiosity about the woman in former days, and she was now doubly interested--first, in ascertaining whether the report of Anne Catherick's attempted personation of Lady Glyde was true, and secondly (if it proved to be true), in discovering for herself what the poor creature's real motives were for attempting the deceit.
How marvelously easy of accomplishment the act of personation had been
Pickwick was the very personation of kindness and humanity: he threw the reins on the horse's back, and having descended from his seat, carefully drew the chaise into the hedge, lest anything should come along the road, and stepped back to the assistance of his distressed companion, leaving Mr.
At Yea, on the other hand, the personation and robbery would ever after be attributed to a member of the gang that had waylaid and murdered the new manager with that very object.
He said: "Upon my arrival I discovered that a relative - Iftikhar Hussain - has been found guilty of personation on two votes, despite him protesting that he didn't do it.
Yesterday, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court took just over half an hour to unanimously agree Hussain, from Birmingham, was guilty on two counts of personation.
See Matthew Steggle, Wars of the Theatres: The Poetics of Personation in the Age of Jonson (University of Victoria: Victoria, British Columbia, 1998).
A Cheshire police spokeswoman said: ``A 73-year-old man is being questioned in relation to an allegation of personation under the Pilots Act 2004.
He argues that the suppression responded to a complaint made by the Spanish ambassador about the stage personation of the former Spanish ambassador.
The question of postmortem survival was a major foundation of a psychical research, but when psychical researchers ran up against the alternative hypothesis of superpsi and unconscious personation, they tended to throw up their hands and give up research because of not being able to figure out how to conclusively decide between the superpsi interpretation and a postmortem survival interpretation.