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trope

[trohp]
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noun
  1. Rhetoric.
    1. any literary or rhetorical device, as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, that consists in the use of words in other than their literal sense.
    2. an instance of this.Compare figure of speech.
  2. a phrase, sentence, or verse formerly interpolated in a liturgical text to amplify or embellish.
  3. (in the philosophy of Santayana) the principle of organization according to which matter moves to form an object during the various stages of its existence.
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Origin of trope

1525–35; < Latin tropus figure in rhetoric < Greek trópos turn, turning, turn or figure of speech, akin to trépein to turn

-trope

  1. a combining form meaning “one turned toward” that specified by the initial element (heliotrope); also occurring in concrete nouns that correspond to abstract nouns ending in -tropy or -tropism: allotrope.
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Origin of -trope

< Greek -tropos; see trope, tropo-
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trope

noun
  1. rhetoric a word or expression used in a figurative sense
  2. an interpolation of words or music into the plainsong settings of the Roman Catholic liturgy
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin tropus figurative use of a word, from Greek tropos style, turn; related to trepein to turn

-trope

n combining form
  1. indicating a turning towards, development in the direction of, or affinity toheliotrope
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Word Origin

from Greek tropos a turn
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Word Origin and History for trope

n.

1530s, from Latin tropus "a figure of speech," from Greek tropos "turn, direction, turn or figure of speech," related to trope "a turning" and trepein "to turn," from PIE root trep- "to turn" (cf. Sanskrit trapate "is ashamed, confused," properly "turns away in shame;" Latin trepit "he turns"). Technically, in rhetoric, a figure of speech which consists in the use of a word or phrase in a sense other than that which is proper to it.

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-trope

word-forming element meaning "that which turns," from Greek tropos (see trope).

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