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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.
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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
Related formspro·so·po·poe·ial, adjective
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Related Words for prosopopoeia

realization, personification, archetype, symbol, apotheosis, exemplar, epitome, expression, avatar, inclusion, comprehension, form, matter, substantiation, integration, type, incarnation, conformation, collection, embracement

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
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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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