Definition of trope in English:

trope

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Pronunciation: /trəʊp
 
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noun

1A figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression: both clothes and illness became tropes for new attitudes toward the self my sense that philosophy has become barren is a recurrent trope of modern philosophy perhaps it is a mistake to use tropes and parallels in this eminently unpoetic age
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  • The scrolls and the codex of the two novels are maps for the reader in linking the tropes, metaphors, and themes of each novel in a non-linear coherence.
  • Putting metaphor and other tropes in a rather remote place, he propounded another aspect of figurative language as absolutely essential to the sublime.
  • No longer will one or two tropes or metaphors serve to characterize the poetic work done by women.
1.1A significant or recurrent theme; a motif: she uses the Eucharist as a pictorial trope
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  • The most disturbing of these tropes is the idea that ‘combat’ is ‘the highest form of manliness’.
  • The relative absence of conventional musical tropes doesn't mean, though, that the group approaches compositional matters indifferently.
  • All those things are the tropes of a reductive idea about what is woman and female.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek tropos 'turn, way, trope', from trepein 'to turn'.

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