pro·so·po·poe·ia /prəˌsopəˈpiə, ˌprɑsəpə-/
Pros·o·po·pœ·ia n. Rhet. A figure by which things are represented as persons, or by which things inanimate are spoken of as animated beings; also, a figure by which an absent person is introduced as speaking, or a deceased person is represented as alive and present. It includes personification, but is more extensive in its signification.
n : representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or
creature [syn: personification]