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

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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