- 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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There’s this trope in movies and TV where we create genius criminal masterminds, cruel, unbeatable, never messing up, always eluding detectives or anyone else who’s looking for them.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
Then there’s the trope of the crossdressing hero getting entangled in a sexually confusing romance, a plot that’s been used to inject queerness into stories since Shakespeare and beyond.
These are tropes that mathematicians like to use, and I think they’re very alienating to people who, for one reason or other, did not learn about modular arithmetic in kindergarten.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle|Rachel Crowell|September 2, 2020|Quanta Magazine
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
On the Internet we call the inevitability of this trope “Rule 63.”
I put it as delicately as I could to my hosts, using the “some people say” trope common on cable news.Burger King’s New French Fries Took Ten Years to Develop|Daniel Gross|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is not a prop, or a trope, or a tool to be used either on the world stage or in spittle-flecked op-eds.
Kent Sepkowitz explains why the ‘the tryptophan in turkey means sleep’ trope persists, despite multiple debunkings.Eat Turkey All You Want! It’s Not Going to Put You to Sleep|Kent Sepkowitz|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Allegory in the sense of Quintilian as a trope, an extended metaphor, Wilson mentions only once.
Thus, in trying to account for her to himself, did the honest Lackaday flounder from trope to metaphor.The Mountebank|William J. Locke
For rhetoric, he could not ope / His mouth, but out there flew a trope.
From Cicero on, allegory has a long history as a rhetorical figure--a trope.
According to different control of the humors, differences in ideas arise also, as we represented under the first Trope.Sextus Empiricus and Greek Scepticism|Mary Mills Patrick