trope said her request for nearly $1 million a month was “obscene” and invoked Marie Antoinette.
It has become a trope of the right to accuse Obama and the Democrats of trying to remake America in the image of Europe.
Yet, Romney has made the “class envy” trope central to his message.
1530s, from Latin tropus "a figure of speech," from Greek tropos "turn, direction, turn or figure of speech," related to trope "a turning" and trepein "to turn," from PIE root trep- "to turn" (cf. Sanskrit trapate "is ashamed, confused," properly "turns away in shame;" Latin trepit "he turns"). Technically, in rhetoric, a figure of speech which consists in the use of a word or phrase in a sense other than that which is proper to it.