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ventriloquy +‎ -ist

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /vɛnˈtɹɪl.ə.kwɪst/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪst

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ventriloquist (plural ventriloquists)

  1. A person, especially an entertainer, who practices ventriloquism.
    • 1871, Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett, The Sophist:
      Most ridiculous is the discomfiture which attends the opponents of predication, who, like the ventriloquist Eurycles, have the voice that answers them in their own breast.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Chapter 15:
      "Oh, I am a ventriloquist," said the little man. "I can throw the sound of my voice wherever I wish, so that you thought it was coming out of the Head. [] "

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