prosopopoeia

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From Ancient Greek προσωποποιία (prosōpopoiia, dramatization, the putting of speeches into the mouths of characters).

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prosopopoeia (plural prosopopoeias or prosopopoeiae)

  1. (rhetoric) Personifying a person or object when communicating to an audience.
    • 1872, Thomas Hartwell Horne, An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, Volume 2‎ - Page 334:
      Of the prosopopoeia, or personification, there are two kinds; one, when actions and character are attributed to irrational, or even inanimate objects; the other, when a probable but fictitious speech is assigned to a real character.
  2. Personification of an abstraction.

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