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[trohp] /troʊp/
  1. any literary or rhetorical device, as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, that consists in the use of words in other than their literal sense.
  2. an instance of this.
a phrase, sentence, or verse formerly interpolated in a liturgical text to amplify or embellish.
(in the philosophy of Santayana) the principle of organization according to which matter moves to form an object during the various stages of its existence.
Origin of trope
1525-35; < Latin tropus figure in rhetoric < Greek trópos turn, turning, turn or figure of speech, akin to trépein to turn Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tropes
  • And some of its tropes of corporations taking over the world seem not-so-speculative.
  • These tropes of apology and forgiveness become especially animated in discussing the civil-rights era.
  • Although one of his better tropes distinguishes the state from society, he wants the former to cultivate the latter.
  • The film-makers deliberately avoid the well-worn tropes of drugs and violence.
  • Being so widespread they make excellent data points for the study of how language tropes take hold.
  • Clearly there are long term continuities and tropes out there that get reactivated when things go wrong.
  • In an effort to avoid the same old variety-show tropes, he says, he sought out fresh talent.
  • But maybe the first step in getting past reductive tropes is having someone make up tropes for you to play in the first place.
  • As a result they can stand in for many varied cultural tropes.
  • Graphic designers were commissioned to create graphic auras that suggested exclusivity through various tropes and conceits.
British Dictionary definitions for tropes


(rhetoric) a word or expression used in a figurative sense
an interpolation of words or music into the plainsong settings of the Roman Catholic liturgy
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tropus figurative use of a word, from Greek tropos style, turn; related to trepein to turn
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Word Origin and History for tropes



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.

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