What is it called when we give inanimate objects human qualities or characteristics? For example, in cartoons where animals or things talk and act like humans?

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Aug 27, 2016

personification. Giving human qualities to nonliving or non human living things.


The angry waves lashed at the small boat. anger is a human emotion. attributing anger to the ocean waves is an example of personification.

The fog came in on cat's feet. while not exactly personification it is attributing the characteristics of a living thing to a non living thing.