personification

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
  1. noun
    the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
    synonyms: incarnation
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    type of:
    embodiment
    giving concrete form to an abstract concept
  2. noun
    representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
    synonyms: prosopopoeia
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    type of:
    figure, figure of speech, image, trope
    language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
  3. noun
    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
    queen
    something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind
    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:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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