or pro·so·po·pe·ia


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.

Nearby words

  1. prosopodiplegia,
  2. prosopography,
  3. prosoponeuralgia,
  4. prosopopeia,
  5. prosopoplegia,
  6. prosoposchisis,
  7. prosopospasm,
  8. prosopyle,
  9. prospect,
  10. prospect heights

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prosopopoeia




rhetoric another word for personification
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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