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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.]
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vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to attribute human characteristics to (a thing or abstraction)
2. to represent (an abstract quality) in human or animal form
3. (Art Terms) (of a person or thing) to represent (an abstract quality), as in art or literature
4. to be the embodiment of. Also (rare): personize, personise
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v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to attribute a human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction).
2. to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
3. to be an embodiment of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
[1720–30; compare French personnifier, Italian personificare]
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Past participle: personified
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|Verb||1.||personify - invest with or as with a body; give body to|
|2.||personify - represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"|
stand for, symbolize, typify, symbolise, represent - express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
|3.||personify - attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"|
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verb embody, represent, express, mirror, exemplify, symbolize, typify, incarnate, image (rare), epitomize, body forth She seemed to personify goodness and nobility.
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personify[pɜːˈsɒnɪfaɪ] VT (= epitomize) → personificar; (= represent as person) → personificar
he is greed personified → es la codicia personificada or en persona, es la personificación de la codicia
he personified the spirit of resistance → encarnó el espíritu de la resistencia
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personify[pərˈsɒnɪfaɪ] vt (= exemplify) → personnifier
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personify[pɜːˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ] vt → personificare
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