prosopopoeia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prosopopoeia representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prosopopoeia Literally, making (that is, inventing or imagining) a person; in rhetoric, originally, introduction, in a discourse or composition, of a pretended speaker, whether a person absent or deceased, or an abstraction or inanimate object: in modern usage generally limited to the latter sense, and accordingly equivalent to personification.
    • n prosopopoeia See prosopopeia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prosopopoeia a rhetorical figure by which inanimate objects are spoken of as persons: personification.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. prosōpopoiiaprosōpon, a person, poiein, to make.

Usage

In literature:

Phaedrus evidently confounds them with Tales, and Gay both with Tales and Allegorical Prosopopoeias.
"Lives of the Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, and Others" by Samuel Johnson
PERSONIFICATION or PROSOPOPOEIA is that figure by which we attribute life and action to inanimate objects.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
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