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prosopopoeia

[proh-soh-puh-pee-uh] /proʊˌsoʊ pəˈpi ə/
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
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin prosōpopoeia < Greek prosōpopoiía personification, equivalent to prósōpo(n) face, person + poi(eîn) to make + -ia -ia
Related forms
prosopopoeial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prosopopeia

prosopopoeia

/ˌprɒsəpəˈpiːə/
noun
1.
(rhetoric) another word for personification
2.
a figure of speech that represents an imaginary, absent, or dead person speaking or acting
Derived Forms
prosopopoeial, prosopopeial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia dramatization, from prosōpon face + poiein to make
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Word Origin and History for prosopopeia
n.

also prosopopoeia, 1560s, from Latin prosopopoeia, from Greek prosopopoiia "the putting of speeches into the mouths of others," from prosopon "person, face" (literally "that which is toward the eyes," from pros "to" + ops "eye, face;" see eye (n.)) + poiein "make" (see poet). Generally, a rhetorical figure in which an imaginary or absent person is made to speak or act.

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