the counterfait in personation

  Reference to abstractions or inanimate objects as though they had human qualities or abilities. The English term for prosopopeia or ethopoeia.

O beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
—Iago in Shakespeare's Othello 3.3.165-67

The insatiable hunger for imagination preys upon human life
—Samuel Johnson

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See Also Sources: Quintilian 9.2.36; Peacham (1577) O3r ("prosopeia"); Putt. (1589) 246 ("prosopopeia," "the counterfait in personation"); Day 1599 90 ("prosopopoeia")

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