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Definitions for prosopopoeia
proʊˌsoʊ pəˈpi əprosopopoeia

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. personification, prosopopoeianoun

    representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature


  1. prosopopoeianoun

    Personifying a person or object when communicate to an audience.

  2. prosopopoeianoun

    personification of an abstraction.

  3. Etymology: From προσωποποιία.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prosopopoeianoun

    Personification; figure by which things are made persons.

    Etymology: πϱοσωποποιία; prosoposée, Fr.

    These reasons are pathetically urged, and admirably raised by the prosopopœia of nature speaking to her children. Dryden.


  1. prosopopoeia

    Prosopopoeia is a rhetorical device used in literature, in which an abstract concept, inanimate object, or a person who is not present or passed away, is given human attributes, feelings, voice, or the ability to speak. It is a type of personification, often used to provide a deeper emotional connection or vivid imagery in the narrative.


  1. Prosopopoeia

    A prosopopoeia is a rhetorical device in which a speaker or writer communicates to the audience by speaking as another person or object. The term literally derives from the Greek roots "prósopon face, person, and poiéin to make, to do". Prosopopoeiae are used mostly to give another perspective on the action being described. For example, in Cicero's Pro Caelio, Cicero speaks as Appius Claudius Caecus, a stern old man. This serves to give the "ancient" perspective on the actions of the plaintiff. Prosopopoeiae can also be used to take some of the load off of the communicator by placing an unfavorable point of view on the shoulders of an imaginary stereotype. The audience's reactions are predisposed to go towards this figment rather than the communicator himself. This term also refers to a figure of speech in which an animal or inanimate object is ascribed human characteristics or is spoken of in anthropomorphic language. Quintilian writes of the power of this figure of speech to "bring down the gods from heaven, evoke the dead, and give voices to cities and states". A classic example of this usage can be found in the book of Sirach in the Bible, where Wisdom is personified and made to speak to the people and to the reader:

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosopopoeia in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosopopoeia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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