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Personified Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    personify v
  1. invest with or as with a body; give body to [syn: body]
  2. represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet" [syn: embody, be]
  3. attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous" [syn: personate] [also: personified]
Personified Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    personified See personify
Personified Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Personify \Per*son"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Personified; p. pr. & vb. n. Personifying.] [Person + -fy: cf. F. personnifier.]
  1. To regard, treat, or represent as a person; to represent as a rational being. The poets take the liberty of personifying inanimate things. --Chesterfield.
  2. To be the embodiment or personification of; to impersonate; as, he personifies the law.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Personified'

Anthropomorphism is a term coined in the mid 1700s to refer to any attribution of human characteristics (or characteristics assumed or believed by some to belong only to humans) to animals or non-living things, phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. Examples include animals and plants and forces of nature such as winds, rain or the sun depicted as creatures with human motivations, and/or the abilities to reason and converse. The term derives from the combination of the Greek ἄνθρωπος (ánthrōpos), "human" and μορφή (morphē), "shape" or "form".

As a literary device, anthropomorphism is strongly associated with art and storytelling where it has ancient roots. Most cultures possess a long-standing fable tradition with anthropomorphised animals as characters that can stand as commonly recognised types of human behavior.

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