prosopopoeia


pro·so·po·poe·ia

noun \prə-ˌsō-pə-ˈpē-ə, ˌprä-sə-pə-\

Definition of PROSOPOPOEIA

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:  a figure of speech in which an imaginary or absent person is represented as speaking or acting

Origin of PROSOPOPOEIA

Latin, from Greek prosōpopoiia, from prosōpon mask, person (from pros- + ōps face) + poiein to make — more at eye, poet
First Known Use: circa 1555

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