ventriloquism

noun
ven·tril·o·quism | \ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwi-zəm \

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

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Other Words from ventriloquism

ventriloquial \ˌven-trə-ˈlō-kwē-əl \ adjective
ventriloquially \ˌven-trə-ˈlō-kwē-ə-lē \ adverb

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Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Farmer, who loved to sing as a young child but was fearful of audiences, became interested in ventriloquism while involved in kiddie pageants in her native Oklahoma. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: 'Tosca,' ventriloquist Darci Lynne, Afro-Caribbean cook-off," 4 Apr. 2018 The Oklahoma native was wowing crowds with her singing ventriloquism acts long before AGT. Courtney Campbell, Country Living, "Watch Darci Lynne Farmer's Incredible Elvis Impersonation," 27 Oct. 2017

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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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