Sunday, May 26, 2013
topos noun [TOH-pohs, -pos] a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.
Definitions for topos
- a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.
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Citations for topos
Each topos carries an implied meaning that is more significant than a precisely observed place could provide
How could the most universally legitimate political ideology of our time fail to become a topos in postwar fiction?
Origin of topos
Topos entered English in the 1930s directly from the Greek word meaning "place." It has always referred to a literary motif.