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prosopopoeia

or prosopopeia

[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.
Origin of prosopopoeia
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 prosopopoeia

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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