Personality vs Personify - What's the difference?

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As a noun personality

is a set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.

As a verb personify is

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

personality

English

Noun

(personalities)
  • A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.
  • * (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
  • Personality is individuality existing in itself, but with a nature as a ground.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • An assumed role or manner of behavior.
  • A celebrity.
  • Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.
  • * 1959 , Lloyd Price, “Personality”:
  • But over and over / I´ll be a fool for you / 'cause you got personality .
  • Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks.
  • *
  • Sharp personalities were exchanged.
  • * 1905 , ,
  • Perceiving that personalities were not out of order, I asked him what species of beast had long ago twisted and mutilated his left ear.
  • (legal) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons.
  • (Burrill)

    Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * addictive personality * borderline personality disorder * multiple personalities * subpersonality

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    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.