(Latin, persona, a mask; personatus, one who
wears a mask, an actor). A “person” is one who impersonates a
character. Shakespeare says, “All the world's a stage, and all the men
and women merely
players” or persons. When we speak of the “person of the Deity” we
mean the same thing, the character represented, as that of the
Father, or that of the Son, or that of the Holy Ghost. There is no more
notion of corporeality connected with the word than there is any
assumption of the body of Hamlet when an actor impersonates that
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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