ven·​tril·​o·​quism | \ ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwi-zəm How to pronounce ventriloquism (audio) \

Definition of ventriloquism

1 : the production of the voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the vocal organs of the speaker
2 : the expression of one's views and attitudes through another especially : such expression by a writer through a fictional character or literary persona

Other Words from ventriloquism

ventriloquial \ ˌven-​trə-​ˈlō-​kwē-​əl How to pronounce ventriloquism (audio) \ adjective
ventriloquially \ ˌven-​trə-​ˈlō-​kwē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce ventriloquism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ventriloquism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the myriad other attractions in town — music, magic, ventriloquism, the tables and slots — could scatter visitors, something that didn’t occur in Tennessee. Barry Wilner, Chicago Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 The dances became her favorite part, so Sutherland chose that for her talent at the homecoming pageant, where other students sang opera or performed ventriloquism. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 2021 Cohen’s ventriloquism of Roth is a gambit one has to think the author would have admired. Joshua Cohen, Harper's Magazine, 1 Apr. 2021 The urn, the simulation, doesn’t actually speak about ‘beauty’ or ‘truth’ at all apart from the chameleon poet’s ventriloquism. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 The Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau forgave a loan a local ventriloquism museum had with the bureau for a rare ventriloquist collection the bureau paid $50,000 for in 1979, according to a press release from the bureau. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2020 Over daily gatherings with parishioners on Zoom and 11 a.m. Sunday services on Facebook, Garland shares these stories, interweaving them with Scripture, hope and even a little ventriloquism. Elaine Ayala,, 16 May 2020 Melchor has an exceptional gift for ventriloquism, as does her translator, Sophie Hughes, who skillfully meets the challenge posed by a novel so rich in idiosyncratic voices. Julian Lucas, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 Terry Fator, Paul Zerdin and Darci Lynne wowed with their witty ventriloquism, Olate Dogs performed stunning dog tricks, and Mat Franco and Shin Lim had some magic tricks up their sleeves. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 18 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ventriloquism

circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ventriloquism

ventriloqu(ist) + -ism

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“Ventriloquism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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