- 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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Northanger Abbey, after all, parodies the tropes and excesses of sentimental Gothic novels.
The media often portray Muslims using tropes that don't represent the incredible diversity of the Islamic community.Defying Stereotypes, Young Muslim Writers Find Community Onstage|Julianne Chiaet|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But as with any show that was created in the 1940s, some of its tropes could be deemed politically incorrect or offensive today.
But Happy Valley has a unique take on violence against women, playing with the well-known tropes to create something entirely new.The Feminist Aesthetic of ‘Happy Valley’: A Refusal to Eroticize Violence Against Women|Batya Ungar-Sargon|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It takes these tropes that we, as a culture, seem to love and spins them on their heads.'SNL' Star Kate McKinnon's Big, 'Awesome,' Emmy-Nominated Year|Kevin Fallon|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In our day we consider as figures of speech only the classical tropes, and indeed Aristotle pays little attention to the others.
Quintilian classifies as tropes words or phrases converted from their proper signification to another.
Tropes and Fictions are raised, as it were, upon the Foundation of right Reason.Lectures on Poetry|Joseph Trapp
The common sense of our tropes, rodomontades, and allegories is this!Husks|Marion Harland
It is nothing more than a highly organized dictionary of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance schemes and tropes.A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes|Richard Sherry