prosopopeia

prosopopoeia

[proh-soh-puh-pee-uh]
noun Rhetoric.
1.
personification, as of inanimate things.
2.
a figure of speech in which an imaginary, absent, or deceased person is represented as speaking or acting.
Also, prosopopeia.


Origin:
1555–65; < Latin prosōpopoeia < Greek prosōpopoiía personification, equivalent to prósōpo(n) face, person + poi(eîn) to make + -ia -ia

prosopopoeial, adjective
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prosopopoeia or prosopopeia (ˌprɒsəpəˈpiːə)
 
n
1.  rhetoric another word for personification
2.  a figure of speech that represents an imaginary, absent, or dead person speaking or acting
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia dramatization, from prosōpon face + poiein to make]
 
prosopopeia or prosopopeia
 
n
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia dramatization, from prosōpon face + poiein to make]
 
prosopo'poeial or prosopopeia
 
adj
 
prosopo'peial or prosopopeia
 
adj

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prosopopeia
1561, from Gk. prosopopoiia "the putting of speeches into the mouths of others," from prosopon "person, face" (lit. "that which is toward the eyes," from pros "to" + ops "eye, face") + poiein "make" (see poet). A rhetorical figure in which an imaginary or absent person is made to speak or act.
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