prosopopoeia

noun
pro·​so·​po·​poe·​ia | \ prə-ˌsō-pə-ˈpē-ə How to pronounce prosopopoeia (audio) , ˌprä-sə-pə- \

Definition of prosopopoeia

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

First Known Use of prosopopoeia

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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-, eye entry 1, poet

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“Prosopopoeia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosopopoeia. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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