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trope

Syllabification: trope
Pronunciation: /trōp
 
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Definition of trope in English:

noun

1A figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression: he used the two-Americas trope to explain how a nation free and democratic at home could act wantonly abroad
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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.

verb

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Create a trope.
Example sentences
  • Beatrice's tactic in wit is to trope the object of her scorn into its satirical extreme, defined here by Hero as its opposite.
  • For Morrison, however, while troping her predecessors' unhomed terror, vertigo becomes a zone of potentiality offering rehabituation in a diasporic landscape that affirms the dislocated and untranslatable aspects of diaspora.
  • The poetic, as I remarked earlier, is not, for Wittgenstein, a question of heightening, of removing language from its everyday use by means of appropriate troping or rhetorical device.

Origin

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

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