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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
Derived Formstropologic or tropological, adjective

Word Origin for tropology

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