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noun, plural tro·pol·o·gies for 2.
  1. the use of figurative language in speech or writing.
  2. a treatise on figures of speech or tropes.
  3. the use of a Scriptural text so as to give it a moral interpretation or significance apart from its direct meaning.
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Origin of tropology

1510–20; < Late Latin tropologia < Greek tropología. See trope, -o-, -logy
Related formstrop·o·log·ic [trop-uh-loj-ik, troh-puh-] /ˌtrɒp əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌtroʊ pə-/, trop·o·log·i·cal, adjectivetrop·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • Above and beyond all is that divine something to which divine Scripture leads, either in allegory or tropology.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for tropology


noun plural -gies
  1. rhetoric the use of figurative language in speech or writing
  2. Christian theol the educing of moral or figurative meanings from the Scriptures
  3. a treatise on tropes or figures of speech
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Derived Formstropologic or tropological, adjective

Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin from Greek tropalogia; see trope, -logy
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