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Metaphor vs. Personification

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Metaphornoun

The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it is not, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described (but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile); the word or phrase used in this way; an implied comparison.

Personificationnoun

A person, thing or name typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification.

‘Adolf Hitler was the personification of anti-Semitism.’;

Metaphornoun

The use of an everyday object or concept to represent an underlying facet of the computer and thus aid users in performing tasks.

‘desktop metaphor; wastebasket metaphor’;

Personificationnoun

A literary device in which an inanimate object or an idea is given human qualities.

‘The writer used personification to convey her ideas.’;

Metaphorverb

(intransitive) To use a metaphor.

Personificationnoun

An artistic representation of an abstract quality as a human

‘The Grim Reaper is a personification of death.’;

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Metaphorverb

(transitive) To describe by means of a metaphor.

Personificationnoun

The act of personifying; impersonation; embodiment.

Metaphornoun

The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea.

Personificationnoun

A figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstract idea is represented as animated, or endowed with personality; prosopop ia; as, the floods clap their hands.

Metaphornoun

a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

Personificationnoun

a person who represents an abstract quality;

‘she is the personification of optimism’;

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Metaphornoun

a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable

‘her poetry depends on suggestion and metaphor’; ‘when we speak of gene maps and gene mapping, we use a cartographic metaphor’;

Personificationnoun

representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

Metaphornoun

a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else

‘the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering’;

Personificationnoun

the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

Metaphor

A metaphor is a figure of speech that, for rhetorical effect, directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. It may provide (or obscure) clarity or identify hidden similarities between two different ideas.

Personificationnoun

the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form

‘the book provides a sustained account of how literary personification works’;

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Personificationnoun

a figure intended to represent an abstract quality

‘the knight is accompanied by two feminine personifications of vice’;

Personificationnoun

a person or thing regarded as embodying a quality, concept, etc.

‘he was the very personification of British pluck and diplomacy’;

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