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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of personate.


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  • BEGALA: No, and it's in part because I think the personates (ph) were a little sharper back then I think probably.

    CNN Transcript Nov 5, 2008

  • See with what a ferocious air the gentleman who personates the Mexican chief, paces up and down, and with what an eye of calm dignity the principal tragedian gazes on the crowd below, or converses confidentially with the harlequin!

    Sketches by Boz

  • If a group of us is adequately represented by one person, that person personates the whole group as one person by being the representative in virtue of whom the whole group has a unified responsibility.

    Personation and Personated Things

  • Another important one is when a person personates himself -- which we all do when we treat ourselves as agents responsible for our own words and actions.

    Personation and Personated Things

  • One important one is when one person personates another.

    Personation and Personated Things

  • Even when the descent from the cross is acted, in the holy week, with all the circumstances that ought naturally to inspire the gravest sentiments, if you cast your eyes among the multitude that croud the place, you will not discover one melancholy face: all is prattling, tittering, or laughing; and ten to one but you perceive a number of them employed in hissing the female who personates the Virgin Mary.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • "As if I bore the person or character of all," perhaps, "as your representative -- the one who personates you."

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • Again, whenever he manifested himself to the fathers, Christ was the Mediator between him and them; who not only personates God in proclaiming his word, but is also truly and essentially God.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • How it is that the patriotic harangues at St. St.phen's serve only to amuse the auditors, who identify the sentiments they express as little with the speaker, as they would those of Cato's soliloquy with the actor who personates the character for the night?

    A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Complete Described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners

  • This sentiment has been frequently cited by those who were inclined to follow the example of Catullus; but if such a practice be in any case admissible, it is only where the poet personates (68) a profligate character; and the instances in which it is adopted by Catullus are not of that description.

    The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 01: Julius Caesar


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