trope

[ trohp ]
/ troʊp /

noun

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.
a phrase, sentence, or verse formerly interpolated in a liturgical text to amplify or embellish.
  1. a recurring theme or motif, as in literature or art:the trope of motherhood;the heroic trope.
  2. 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.
(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

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin tropus “figure in rhetoric, manner of singing” from Greek trópos “turn, manner, style, figure of speech,” akin to trépein “to turn, direct, show”

Definition for trope (2 of 2)

-trope

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.

Origin of -trope

<Greek -tropos;see trope, tropo-
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British Dictionary definitions for trope (1 of 2)

trope
/ (trəʊp) /

noun

rhetoric a word or expression used in a figurative sense
an interpolation of words or music into the plainsong settings of the Roman Catholic liturgy

Word Origin for trope

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

British Dictionary definitions for trope (2 of 2)

-trope

n combining form

indicating a turning towards, development in the direction of, or affinity toheliotrope

Word Origin for -trope

from Greek tropos a turn
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