ventriloquism
noun Etymology: Late Latin ventriloquus ventriloquist, from Latin ventr-, venter + loqui to speak; from the belief that the voice is produced from the ventriloquist's stomach Date: circa 1797 1. the production of the voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the vocal organs of the speaker 2. the expression of one's views and attitudes through another; especially such expression by a writer through a fictional character or literary persona • ventriloquial adjectiveventriloquially adverb

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  • Ventriloquism — Ven*tril o*quism, n. [See {Ventriloquous}.] The act, art, or practice of speaking in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from some other source, as from the opposite side of the room, from the cellar,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ventriloquism — 1797, from VENTRILOQUY (Cf. ventriloquy) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ventriloquism — [ven tril′əkwēven tril′ə kwiz΄əm] n. [< L ventriloquus, lit., one who speaks from the belly < venter, belly (see VENTRAL) + loqui, to speak + ISM] the art or practice of speaking so that the voice seems to come from some source other than… …   English World dictionary

  • Ventriloquism — Ventriloquist redirects here. For the Batman villain, see Ventriloquist (comics). A ventriloquist entertaining children at the Pueblo, Colorado, Buell Children s Museum. Ventriloquism, or ventriloquy, is an act of stagecraft in which a person (a… …   Wikipedia

  • ventriloquism — /ven tril euh kwiz euhm/, n. the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a wooden dummy. Also called ventriloquy /ven… …   Universalium

  • ventriloquism — n. to practice ventriloquism * * * to practice ventriloquism …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ventriloquism — ventriloquist ► NOUN ▪ an entertainer who makes their voice seem to come from a dummy of a person or animal. DERIVATIVES ventriloquial adjective ventriloquism noun ventriloquy noun. ORIGIN from Latin venter belly + loqui speak …   English terms dictionary

  • ventriloquism — noun The art of projecting ones voice without moving the lips so that it appears to come from another source, such as a dummy. Syn: biloquism, ventrilocution …   Wiktionary

  • ventriloquism — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. ventriloquy, gastriloquism, polyphonism; see speech 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • ventriloquism — speaking so that the voice appears to come from elsewhere Styles of Speech …   Phrontistery dictionary

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