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interior monologue

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noun
  1. Literature. a form of stream-of-consciousness writing that represents the inner thoughts of a character.
  2. Movies, Television. the device of showing a character on screen who does not appear to speak, although the character's voice is heard on the soundtrack to create the illusion that the audience is hearing the character's thoughts.

Origin of interior monologue

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for interior monologue

interior monologue

noun
  1. a literary attempt to present the mental processes of a character before they are formed into regular patterns of speech or logical sequenceSee also stream of consciousness
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