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ventriloquism

play
noun ven·tril·o·quism \ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwi-zəm\

Definition of ventriloquism

  1. 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. 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

play \ˌven-trə-ˈlō-kwē-əl\ adjective

ventriloquially

play \-ə-lē\ adverb


Origin and Etymology of ventriloquism

Late Latin ventriloquus ventriloquist, from Latin ventr-, venter + loqui to speak; from the belief that the voice is produced from the ventriloquist's stomach


First Known Use: circa 1797

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