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  • v. Past participle of personate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Personified; impersonated; hence, feigned; pretended; assumed: as, personated devotion.


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  • She readily lent an ear to the insinuations which Scarfe, also bitterly hurt, freely let out, and persuaded herself miserably that her boy was in the hands of an adventurer who had cajoled not only the boy but the father, and in short personated the proverbial viper at the fireside.

    A Dog with a Bad Name

  • Several days after, the man who was "personated" appeared in Aroostook, alive and well, never having been attacked with the cholera.

    The Humbugs of the World An Account of Humbugs, Delusions, Impositions, Quackeries, Deceits and Deceivers Generally, in All Ages

  • But in actuality, we have something closer to the situation that Thomas Hobbes identified centuries ago as pertaining to the concept of sovereignty: the commonwealth only exists insofar as it is "personated," and that personation is, at bottom, a social convention.

    The Duck of Minerva

  • Likewise children, fools, and madmen that have no use of reason may be personated by guardians, or curators, but can be no authors during that time of any action done by them, longer than (when they shall recover the use of reason) they shall judge the same reasonable.


  • But a person (as I have shown before, Chapter thirteen) is he that is represented, as of as he is represented; and therefore God, who has been represented (that is, personated) thrice, may properly enough be said to be three persons; though neither the word Person nor


  • And therefore such things cannot be personated before there be some state of civil government.


  • Inanimate things, as a church, a hospital, a bridge, may be personated by a rector, master, or overseer.


  • The authority proceeded from the state, and therefore before introduction of civil government the gods of the heathen could not be personated.


  • He took into partnership one Nathan Levi; the latter personated the prophet Elias, who was to go before the Messiah.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Portsmouth had been received, induced Mr Crummles to prolong his stay in that town for a fortnight beyond the period he had originally assigned for the duration of his visit, during which time Nicholas personated a vast variety of characters with undiminished success, and attracted so many people to the theatre who had never been seen there before, that a benefit was considered by the manager a very promising speculation.

    Nicholas Nickleby


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