noun, plural to·poi [toh-poi] /ˈtoʊ pɔɪ/.
- a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.
Origin of topos
First recorded in 1935–40, topos is from the Greek word (koinós) tópos ‘(common) place’
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Historical Examples of topoi
Again, under the seventh head, that of melopoiia or composition, he treats of the 'regions of the voice' (topoi ts phns).
The text of this passage is uncertain; but the general character of the topoi or regions of the voice is clearly enough indicated.
British Dictionary definitions for topoi
- a basic theme or concept, esp a stock topic in rhetoric
Word Origin for topos
C20: Greek, literally: place
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Word Origin and History for topoi
1948, from Greek topos, literally "place."
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