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The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.

[From Latin ventriloquus, speaking from the belly : venter, ventr-, belly + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

ven′tri·lo′qui·al (-trə-lō′kwē-əl) adj.
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(vɛnˈtrɪləˌkwɪzəm) or


(Theatre) the art of producing vocal sounds that appear to come from another source
[C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak]
ventriloquial, ventriloqual adj
ˌventriˈloquially adv
venˈtriloquist n
venˌtriloˈquistic adj
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(vɛnˈtrɪl əˌkwɪz əm)

also ven•tril•o•quy


the art or practice of speaking with little or no lip movement so that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source.
[1790–1800; ventriloqu(y) (< Medieval Latin ventriloquium= Late Latin ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri- ventri- + -loquus, derivative of loquī to speak) + -ium -ium1) + -ism]
ven`tri•lo′qui•al (-trəˈloʊ kwi əl) ven•tril′o•qual, adj.
ven`tri•lo′qui•al•ly, adv.
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the art or practice of speaking so that the voice seems not to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a mechanical doll. Also called ventriloquy, ventrilocution, gastriloquism. — ventriloquist, n. — ven-triloquistic, adj.
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Noun1.ventriloquism - the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)ventriloquism - the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)
artistry, prowess, art - a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"
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[venˈtrɪləkwɪzəm] Nventriloquia f
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[vɛnˈtrɪləˌkwɪzəm] nventriloquio
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(venˈtriləkwist) noun
a professional entertainer who can speak so that his voice seems to come from some other person or place, especially from a dummy which he controls.
venˈtriloquism noun
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References in classic literature ?
He already sang as nobody on this earth had ever sung before; he practised ventriloquism and gave displays of legerdemain so extraordinary that the caravans returning to Asia talked about it during the whole length of their journey.
I used to call myself a Wizard, and do tricks of ventriloquism."
If there were in fact any such sound, it might have been caused by a malicious exercise of ventriloquism on the part of Roderick.
He's uncommonly good at ventriloquism, and he did it uncommonly well, by God!
His doubts were speedily dispelled, however; for the stout man having blown a thick cloud from his pipe, a hoarse voice, like some strange effort of ventriloquism, emerged from beneath the capacious shawls which muffled his throat and chest, and slowly uttered these sounds--'Wy, Sammy!'
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It shows Bennett's strength and weakness; immense facility but a tendency to musical ventriloquism - one hears Walton, Tippett, a nod to Vaughan Williams' modal music but nothing which shouts "Bennett!".
Jay Johnson who starred in the classic television series "SOAP," comes to North Coast Repertory Theatre on April 15th & 16th at 7:30pm, as he deconstructs the ancient art of ventriloquism from it's historical association with the occult to the present day.
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