or pro·so·po·pe·ia

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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

1555–65; < Latin prosōpopoeia < Greek prosōpopoiía personification, equivalent to prósōpo(n) face, person + poi(eîn) to make + -ia -ia
Related formspro·so·po·poe·ial, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for prosopopoeia



  1. rhetoric another word for personification
  2. a figure of speech that represents an imaginary, absent, or dead person speaking or acting
Derived Formsprosopopoeial or prosopopeial, adjective

Word Origin for prosopopoeia

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