from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To practice ventriloquism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak the words of (another person), as though by ventriloquism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To practice ventriloquism; to speak like a ventriloquist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To practise ventriloquism; speak like a ventriloquist. Also spelled ventriloquise.


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  • No historian has a privileged antenna to the past, and it would be disingenuous to claim that we can ventriloquize for these women in the absence of their own voices and other pieces of their lives.

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  • As Kant was to write, however, as if to ventriloquize Locke's own anxiety about the "violence" (Essay 2: 161) of the mind's tendency to find alternate paths of cognition, "The point of excess for the imagination ... is like an abyss in which it fears to lose itself"


  • They can ventriloquize as anthropologists, report as journalists; they can confess, philosophize, they can leer as pornographers, or become as wide-eyed as children.

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  • And many people are so anxious to pre-empt this accusation that they ventriloquize the reactions of Sunni mobs as if they were the vox populi, all the while muttering that we must take care not to offend such supersensitive people.

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  • In particular, one must resist efforts to ventriloquize the dead.


  • The result is a poetry in which the physis and mnemosyne — rerouted through the Keatsian image — ventriloquize his (and, perhaps, our own) deep-seated desire for an existence unburdened by the rigors of philosophical discourse or by the unrelenting ironic awareness of its impossibility.

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  • It was not after all Social Text that drew the absurd conclusion about authoritarianism and elitism; it was Sokal, trying to ventriloquize work he didn't fully understand.

    Sokal's Hoax: An Exchange

  • I asked the questions, and was of course supposed to ventriloquize the answers, and, thanks to the glassy stare of my doll, her replies almost convinced the audience I was doing so.

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  • He can ventriloquize riotous personalities, as when an older woman tells Evie, With your great ears and ill-proportioned face you will never attract a man.

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  • In large part, one of the significant and most dangerous failures of the Nigerian intellectual is the capacity to ventriloquize unreflective cant masquerading as "progressive" thought.



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