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topos

[ toh-pohs, ‐pos ]
/ ˈtoʊ poʊs, ‐pɒs /
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noun, plural to·poi [toh-poi]. /ˈtoʊ pɔɪ/.
a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.
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Origin of topos

First recorded in 1935–40; from Greek (koinós) tópos “(common) place”; see topic
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British Dictionary definitions for topos

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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