embodiment

The embodiment of something gives concrete form to an abstract idea. A flag is the embodiment of a country.

When you talk about embodiment, you're talking about giving a form to ideas that are usually not physical: like love, hate, fear, justice, etc. A gavel is the embodiment of justice; a wedding ring can be the embodiment of love. The word body in embodiment is a clue to its meaning: this is a word for giving a body to things that usually don't have one.

Definitions of embodiment
  1. noun
    a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
    “a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life”
    synonyms: shape
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    type of:
    concrete representation, concretism
    a representation of an abstract idea in concrete terms
  2. noun
    giving concrete form to an abstract concept
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    types:
    soul
    the human embodiment of something
    incarnation, personification
    the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
    type of:
    objectification
    the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing
  3. noun
    a new personification of a familiar idea
    “the embodiment of hope”
    synonyms: avatar, incarnation
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    types:
    deification
    an embodiment of the qualities of a god
    reincarnation
    embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form)
    type of:
    personification
    a person who represents an abstract quality
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