appersonation

appersonation

[a-pur-suh-ney-shuhn, uh-pur-]
noun Psychiatry.
the unconscious assumption of the personality characteristics of another, usually well known, person.
Also, appersonification [ap-er-son-uh-fi-key-shuhn] .


Origin:
1930–35; ap-1 + personation, modeled on German Appersonierung

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