- 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
Examples from the Web for tropes
Northanger Abbey, after all, parodies the tropes and excesses of sentimental Gothic novels.
But as with any show that was created in the 1940s, some of its tropes could be deemed politically incorrect or offensive today.
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
I hope that its success encourages others to look beyond the tired “doofus dad” tropes.
Halloween also helped spawn the slasher film genre, and provided the genre with many of its tropes.The Week in Nostalgia: ‘Halloween’ Turns 35, Butch and Sundance Debut, and the iPod is Born (VIDEO)|Chancellor Agard|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tropes and Fictions are raised, as it were, upon the Foundation of right Reason.Lectures on Poetry|Joseph Trapp
Perhaps skilled in the art of metaphors and tropes (ilmul-bad).The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
The difference in the order of the Tropes shows, also, that the order was not considered a matter of great importance.
Sextus claims that all things can be included in these Tropes, whether sensible or intellectual.
It is true that the Tropes of Agrippa show great progress in the development of thought.
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.