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prosopopoeia

or pro·so·po·pe·ia

[ proh-soh-puh-pee-uh ]
/ proʊˌsoʊ pəˈpi ə /
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noun Rhetoric.
personification, as of inanimate things.
a figure of speech in which an imaginary, absent, or deceased person is represented as speaking or acting.
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Origin of prosopopoeia

1555–65; <Latin prosōpopoeia<Greek prosōpopoiía personification, equivalent to prósōpo(n) face, person + poi(eîn) to make + -ia-ia

OTHER WORDS FROM prosopopoeia

pro·so·po·poe·ial, adjective
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How to use prosopopoeia in a sentence

  • Nay, don't start, my dear fellow, and look the very Prosopopeia of Political Economy!

    Vivian Grey|Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for prosopopoeia

prosopopoeia

prosopopeia

/ (ˌprɒsəpəˈpiːə) /

noun
rhetoric another word for personification
a figure of speech that represents an imaginary, absent, or dead person speaking or acting

Derived forms of prosopopoeia

prosopopoeial or prosopopeial, adjective

Word Origin for prosopopoeia

C16: via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia dramatization, from prosōpon face + poiein to make
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