prosopography

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noun pros·o·pog·ra·phy \ˌprä-sə-ˈpä-grə-fē\

Definition of prosopography

  1. :  a study that identifies and relates a group of persons or characters within a particular historical or literary context

prosopographical

play \-pə-ˈgra-fi-kəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of prosopography

borrowed from German Prosopographie, borrowed from New Latin prosopographia “description of an individualȧs personal appearance,” from Greek prósōpon “face, mask, role, person” + New Latin -graphia -graphy — more at prosopopoeia


First Known Use: 1896


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