Personification means "giving humans qualities to an abstract idea," as in a movie villain who is the personification of evil.

You can use the noun personification in two ways. In the first, a person who is known for a certain quality, like wisdom, is said to represent that quality in a way any can understand, like a patient, generous person who is the personification of kindness. On the other hand, personification can give human qualities to something that isn’t human. For example, you might say, “The sea is angry,” assigning it a human emotion.

Definitions of personification

n the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

Type of:
giving concrete form to an abstract concept

n representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

Type of:
figure, figure of speech, image, trope
language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

n a person who represents an abstract quality

“she is the personification of optimism”
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avatar, embodiment, incarnation
a new personification of a familiar idea
something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind
an embodiment of the qualities of a god
embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form)
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individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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