prosopopoeia
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek prosōpopoiia, from prosōpon mask, person (from pros- + ōps face) + poiein to make — more at eye, poet Date: circa 1555 1. a figure of speech in which an imaginary or absent person is represented as speaking or acting 2. personification

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  • Prosopopoeia — Pros o*po*p[oe] ia, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?; pro swpon a face, a person + ? to make.] (Rhet.) A figure by which things are represented as persons, or by which things inanimate are spoken of as animated beings; also, a figure by which an absent person… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prosopopoeia — [prō sō΄pō pē′ə] n. [L < Gr prosōpopoiia < prosōpon, person, face, mask (< pros, near + ōps, EYE) + poiein, to make: see POET2] Rhetoric 1. a figure in which an absent, dead, or imaginary person is represented as speaking 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Prosopopoeia — A prosopopoeia ( el. προσωποποιία) is a rhetorical device in which a speaker or writer communicates to the audience by speaking as another person or object. The term literally derives from the Greek roots meaning a face, a person, to make… …   Wikipedia

  • prosopopoeia — prosopopoeial, adj. /proh soh peuh pee euh/, n. Rhet. 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. Also, prosopopeia. [1555 65; < L… …   Universalium

  • prosopopoeia — noun a) Personifying a person or object when to an . Of the prosopopoeia, or personification, there are two kinds; one, when actions and character are attributed to irrational, or even inanimate objects; the other, when a probable but fictitious… …   Wiktionary

  • prosopopoeia — pro•so•po•poe•ia [[t]proʊˌsoʊ pəˈpi ə[/t]] n. pl. poe•ias 1) rht personification, as of inanimate things 2) rht a figure of speech in which an imaginary, absent, or deceased person is represented as speaking or acting • Etymology: 1555–65; < L …   From formal English to slang

  • prosopopoeia — /prɒsəpəˈpiə/ (say prosuhpuh peeuh) noun Rhetoric 1. personification, as of inanimate things. 2. representation of an imaginary or absent person as speaking or acting. Also, prosopopeia. {Latin prosōpopoeia, from Greek prosōpopoiia} …   Australian English dictionary

  • prosopopoeia — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun See prosopopeia …   English dictionary for students

  • prosopopoeia — [ˌprɒsəpə pi:ə] noun a figure of speech in which an abstract thing is personified or an imagined or absent person is represented as speaking. Origin C16: via L. from Gk prosōpopoiia, from prosōpon person + poiein to make …   English new terms dictionary

  • prosopopoeia — n. (Rhet.) Personification …   New dictionary of synonyms

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