American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act, art, or practice of speaking or uttering sounds in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from a distance, as from the opposite side of the room or from the Cellar. Ventriloquism differs from ordinary speaking mainly in the mode of respiration. A very full inspiration is taken, which is breathed out slowly and gradually, the sound of the voice being dexterously modified and diminished by the muscles of the larynx and the palate. At the same time the lips of the performer are scarcely moved, and the deception is still further facilitated by the attention of the auditors being directed to the pretended source of the voice. Ventriloquism was known to the ancient Greeks as well as to the Romans.
- n. The art of projecting one's voice without moving the lips so that it appears to come from another source, such as a dummy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act, art, or practice of speaking in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from some other source, as from a dummy held by the ventriloquist, from the opposite side of the room, from the cellar, etc.
- n. the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)
- ventriloquy + -ism. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin ventriloquus, speaking from the belly : venter, ventr-, belly + loquī, to speak. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“And it is a very common thing in Chinese opera to do these kind of ventriloquism, or to have cross-dressing, for instance.”
“Humans possessed by spirits are often described as ill or distressed, lacking power, control, and agency, and spirit possession has been described as a kind of ventriloquism in which mediums acquire a voice more powerful than their own as humans.”
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