or pro·so·po·pe·ia

[ proh-soh-puh-pee-uh ]
/ proʊˌsoʊ pəˈpi ə /

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for prosopopeia



/ (ˌprɒsəpəˈpiːə) /


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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