- 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.
Origin of trope
Origin of -trope
Examples from the Web for trope
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
Word Origin for trope
n combining form
Word Origin for -trope
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.
word-forming element meaning "that which turns," from Greek tropos (see trope).