- any literary or rhetorical device, as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, that consists in the use of words in other than their literal sense.
- an instance of this.Compare figure of speech.
- a recurring theme or motif, as in literature or art:the trope of motherhood;the heroic trope.
- a convention or device that establishes a predictable or stereotypical representation of a character, setting, or scenario in a creative work:From her introduction in the movie, the character is nothing but a Damsel in Distress trope.The author relies on our knowledge of the Haunted House trope to set the scene.
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Origin of trope
Definition for trope (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE -TROPE
What does -trope mean?
The combining form –trope is used like a suffix meaning “one turned outward.” It is also used in concrete nouns that correspond to abstract nouns ending in –tropy or -tropism (e.g., an allotrope is an instance of allotropy).
The form -trope ultimately comes from the Greek trópos, “turn,” and tropḗ, “a turning.” The Greek trópos is also the source of the words trope and tropical. It’s your turn to make the connection between “turning,” figures of speech, and the tropics at our entries for the words.
Examples of -trope
In chemistry, an allotrope is one of two or more existing forms of an element, such as how graphite and diamonds are both forms of carbon. An allotrope is an instance of allotropy, as noted above. Allotropy is a property of certain elements that can exist in two or more distinct forms.
The allo- part of allotrope means “other,” and -trope has a based meaning of “turn” and “turned.” So, an allotrope has a literal sense of “something with another turn,” that is a form or manner.
What are some words that use the combining form -trope?
What are some other forms that -trope may be commonly confused with?
Example sentences from the Web for trope
As such, they emphatically demonstrate the accuracy of the “no risk to public” trope.The Sky Is Not Falling, and Ebola Is Not Out of Control|Kent Sepkowitz|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a common trope in pop culture, be it movies or TV, that straight men loooove girl-on-girl action.
To what extent she is trapped in an eternal royal trope or willing participant is only something she knows.
And a stock trope, the “bed trick,” that many of the nerds watching probably knew dates back to the legend of King Arthur.Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds|Arthur Chu|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How contrived that Modern Family would end its season finale with the tried-and-true sitcom trope: a wedding.
It's a hard word, but I've sure-ly heard her say he-li-o-trope sach-et.Pages for Laughing Eyes|Unknown
Thus the rhetorical trope which is called surprise, is similar to that of music termed the declining of a cadence.Novum Organum|Francis Bacon
Thus, in trying to account for her to himself, did the honest Lackaday flounder from trope to metaphor.The Mountebank|William J. Locke
Allegoria, the seconde parte of Trope is an inuersion of wordes, where it is one in wordes, and another in sentence or meanynge.A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes|Richard Sherry
Though we could well have spared that Kembleian dying trope, his rising up and falling again.The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor|Samuel James Arnold