One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That represents a person's character or manners; of the nature of ethopoeia. Chiefly with reference to ancient Greek drama.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Urquhart (1611–1660), author and translator. From Byzantine Greek ἠθοποιητικός expressive of character (apparently only attested in the adverb ἠθοποιητικῶς) from ἦθος character + ποιητικός.
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