prosopopoeia

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noun pro·so·po·poe·ia \prə-ˌsō-pə-ˈpē-ə, ˌprä-sə-pə-\

Definition of prosopopoeia

  1. 1 :  a figure of speech in which an imaginary or absent person is represented as speaking or acting

  2. 2 :  personification

Origin and Etymology of prosopopoeia

borrowed from Latin prosōpopoeia, borrowed from Greek prosōpopoiía, from prósōpon “face, mask, role, person” (from pros- “facing, opposite” + -ōp- “eye, sight,” hence, “the eyes, or sight, opposite own's own”) + -poiia “making,” from poi-, base of poieîn “to make” + -ia -ia — more at pros-, 1eye, poet


First Known Use: 1550

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