ventriloquy

ventriloquism

[ven-tril-uh-kwiz-uhm]
noun
the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a wooden dummy.
Also called ventriloquy [ven-tril-uh-kwee] .


Origin:
1790–1800; ventriloqu(y) (< Medieval Latin ventriloquium, equivalent to Late Latin ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri- ventri- + -loquus, derivative of loquī to speak) + -ium -ium) + -ism

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ventriloquism or ventriloquy (vɛnˈtrɪləˌkwɪzəm)
 
n
the art of producing vocal sounds that appear to come from another source
 
[C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak]
 
ventriloquy or ventriloquy
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak]
 
ventriloquial or ventriloquy
 
adj
 
ventriloqual or ventriloquy
 
adj
 
ventri'loquially or ventriloquy
 
adv
 
ven'triloquist or ventriloquy
 
n
 
ventrilo'quistic or ventriloquy
 
adj

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ventriloquy
1580s, from L.L. ventriloquus, from L. venter (gen. ventris) "belly" + loqui "speak." Patterned on Gk. engastrimythos, lit. "speaking in the belly," which was not originally an entertainer's trick but rather a rumbling sort of internal speech, regarded as a sign of spiritual inspiration or (more usually)
demonic possession. Reference to the modern meaning seems to have begun early 18c., and by 1797 it was being noted that this was a curiously inappropriate word to describe throwing the voice.

ventriloquism
1797, from ventriloquy + -ism.
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