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[toh-pohs, ‐pos] /ˈtoʊ poʊs, ‐pɒs/
noun, plural topoi
[toh-poi] /ˈtoʊ pɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < Greek (koinós) tópos ‘(common) place’
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topos

/ˈtɒpɒs/
noun (pl) -oi (-ɔɪ)
1.
a basic theme or concept, esp a stock topic in rhetoric
Word Origin
C20: Greek, literally: place
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