- a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.
Origin of topos
Examples from the Web for topoi
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.
- a basic theme or concept, esp a stock topic in rhetoric
Word Origin for topos
Word Origin and History for topoi
1948, from Greek topos, literally "place."