[ toh-pohs, ‐pos ]
/ ˈtoʊ poʊs, ‐pɒs /
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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British Dictionary definitions for topos
/ (ˈtɒpɒs) /
noun plural -oi (-ɔɪ)
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 topos
1948, from Greek topos, literally "place."
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