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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.
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Millions of graduates have identified themselves as the personifiers of expertise and believe themselves entitled to rule.
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When we speak of this or that figure in a naturalistic novel or play as a "typical" character, we ourselves, instinctively turning allegorists or personifiers, reduce these figures to embodiments of one or two predominant traits or qualities; so that, as they pass current from mind to mind, they have no more three-dimensional actuality than what attaches to a personified abstraction - which is exactly what they have become: eponymous personified abstractions.