prosopopoeia

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

Definition of prosopopoeia

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

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


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