V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to be an embodiment or perfect example of something; 2. to represent an abstract quality as a human being; 3. to ascribe human qualities to something that is not human

Synonyms: embody, illustrate, simulate, represent, characterize, portray, symbolize, typify, exemplify


Tips: The related noun personification refers to someone who is a perfect example of something, as well as to the attribution of human qualities to things or animals. Note that both words contain the word "person," so think of something taking on a person's characteristics. Personify is synonymous with embody. See embodiment for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

My grandmother meant so much to me because she personified kindness. (exemplified, embodied)

His strength of character, sound judgment, and high intelligence personify great leadership. (exemplify, represent)

It is always funny to see animals personified in cartoon movies. (made human, portrayed [as having human qualities])

I had a dog who could personify happiness and sadness to the point I sometimes thought she was human. (illustrate, portray)

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