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interior monologue

Literature. a form of stream-of-consciousness writing that represents the inner thoughts of a character.
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.
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First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
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interior monologue

a literary attempt to present the mental processes of a character before they are formed into regular patterns of speech or logical sequence See also stream of consciousness
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