Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Words

: an interpretation of what is not human or personal in terms of human or personal characteristics
1 : attribution of personal qualities; especially : representation of a thing or abstraction as a person or by the human form
: a divinity or imaginary being representing a thing or abstraction
: embodiment, incarnation
I was curious about the difference between the first personification definition and anthropomorphism. My guess is that one would use anthropomorphism when discussing non-human subjects from a scientific point of view; whereas one would use personification when discussing non-human subjects in the context of a literary discussion.

Any ideas?

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