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pro·so·po·pe·iaalso pro·so·po·poe·ia (prə-sō′pə-pē′ə)
1. A figure of speech in which an absent or imaginary person is represented as speaking.
2. See personification.
[Latin prosōpopoeia, from Greek prosōpopoiiā : prosōpon, face, mask, dramatic character (pros-, pros- + ōps, ōp-, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots) + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rhetoric another word for personification
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a figure of speech that represents an imaginary, absent, or dead person speaking or acting
[C16: via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia dramatization, from prosōpon face + poiein to make]
ˌprosopoˈpoeial, ˌprosopoˈpeial adj
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pro•so•po•poe•ia(proʊˌsoʊ pəˈpi ə)
n., pl. -poe•ias.
1. personification, as of inanimate things.
2. a figure of speech in which an imaginary, absent, or deceased person is represented as speaking or acting.
[1555–65; < Latin prosōpopoeia < Greek prosōpopoiía=prósōpo(n) face, person + poi(eîn) to make + -ia -ia]
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