Personify vs Personable - What's the difference?

personify | personable |


As a verb personify

is to be an example of; to have all the attributes of.

As an adjective personable is

(of a person) having a pleasing appearance or manner; attractive; handsome; friendly; amiable.

personify

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To be an example of; to have all the attributes of.
  • Mozart could be said to personify the idea of a musical genius.
  • To create a representation of an abstract quality in the form of a literary character.
  • The writer personified death in the form of the Grim Reaper.

    personable

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete) * (l) (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (of a person) Having a pleasing appearance or manner; attractive; handsome; friendly; amiable.
  • * Spenser
  • Wise, warlike, personable , courteous, and kind.
  • * 1822 , , The Fortunes of Nigel , ch. 19:
  • I admit him a personable man, for I have seen him; and I will suppose him courteous and agreeable.
  • * 1908 , , A Room With a View , ch. 12:
  • Barefoot, bare-chested, radiant and personable against the shadowy woods, he called: "Hullo, Miss Honeychurch! Hullo!"
  • * 1919 , . The Sun Of Quebec , ch. 5:
  • I'm bound to admit that you're a personable young rascal, with the best manners I've met in a long time.
  • * 2009 , Randy James, " 2-Min. Bio: Stephanie Birkitt: Letterman's Lover?," Time , 5 Oct.:
  • Aside from being incredibly funny and personable he is generous, kind and is great fun to play catch with.
  • (legal) Enabled to maintain pleas in court.
  • (Cowell)
  • Having capacity to take anything granted.