Descriptio personae

DESCRIPTIO PERSONAE. Description of the person. In wills, it frequently happens, that the word heir is used as a descriptio personae; it is then a sufficient designation of the person.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In particular, Tarabotti's meticulous, head-to-toe description of a dandy reads as a parody of the technique of descriptio personae typical of the courtly love lyric, where the male figure that emerges is, much as the Petrarchan "lady," a rarefied and almost abstract objectification of a human being.