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tr.v. per·son·i·fied, per·son·i·fy·ing, per·son·i·fies
1. To think of or represent (an inanimate object or abstraction) as having personality or the qualities, thoughts, or movements of a living being: "To make history or psychology alive I personify it" (Anaïs Nin).
2. To represent (an object or abstraction) by a human figure.
3. To represent (an abstract quality or idea): This character personifies evil.
4. To be the embodiment or perfect example of: "Stalin now personified bolshevism in the eyes of the world" (A.J.P. Taylor).

[French personnifier, from personne, person, from Old French persone; see person.]

per·son′i·fi′er n.


be charm, success, etc personified to be very charming, successful, etc
References in classic literature ?
Phileas Fogg was, indeed, exactitude personified, and this was betrayed even in the expression of his very hands and feet; for in men, as well as in animals, the limbs themselves are expressive of the passions.
He seemed to partake of those obscure forces of nature which the Greeks personified in shapes part human and part beast, the satyr and the faun.
The lady was also in green, and so richly and splendidly dressed that splendour itself seemed personified in her.
When facing a disease, if it were personified in a king, he treated the patient as a Turk treats a Moor.
In her imagination he was that terrible moaning personified.
Hence, a restless spirit personified in Ferguson; perfect calmness typified in Kennedy--such was the contrast.
He is force, energy, initiative and good judgment combined and personified.
Now, and by the few words at the door, he had become the thing personified.
Nor even in our superstitions do we fail to throw the same snowy mantle round our phantoms; all ghosts rising in a milk-white fog --Yea, while these terrors seize us, let us add, that even the king of terrors, when personified by the evangelist, rides on his pallid horse.
In the midst of the personified impersonal, a personality stands here.
Look at Aramis, now; Aramis is mildness and grace personified.
I did not know whether to resent this language or pursue my explanation; but he seemed so powerfully affected that I took pity and proceeded with my dreams; affirming I had never heard the appellation of 'Catherine Linton' before, but reading it often over produced an impression which personified itself when I had no longer my imagination under control.