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Definition of the noun trope

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noun - plural: tropes

  1. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
    • example: Since children are more scared than amused by clowns, I wonder if some comedy trope of ours will become horror fodder in 100 years.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of trope: figure / figure of speech / image
    • more generic term: rhetorical device = a use of language that creates a literary effect
    • more specific words:
      • conceit = an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things
      • irony = a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
      • exaggeration / hyperbole = extravagant exaggeration
      • kenning = conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
      • metaphor = a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
      • metonymy = substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself
      • oxymoron = conjoining contradictory terms
      • personification / prosopopoeia = representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
      • simile = a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds
      • synecdoche = substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa
      • zeugma = use of a verb with two or more complements, playing on the verb's polysemy, for humorous effect

Alternative definition of the noun trope


  1. A figure of speech, such as a metaphor, in which a word or phrase is used other than in a literal manner.
  2. [music] A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
  3. [music] A phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir.
  4. [Judaism] A cantillation.
  5. [literature] Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror or ‘once upon a time’ as introduction to fairytales. Similar to an archetype (or a cliché, but not necessarily pejorative).


  1. Trope: A literary trope is the use of figurative language – via word, phrase, or even an image – for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works. The term trope derives from the Greek τρόπος, "turn, direction, way", derived from the verb τρέπειν, "to turn, to direct, to alter, to change". Tropes and their classification were an important field in classical rhetoric. The study of tropes has been taken up again in modern criticism, especially in deconstruction. Tropological criticism is the historical study of tropes, which aims to "define the dominant tropes of an epoch" and to "find those tropes in literary and non-literary texts", an interdisciplinary investigation of whom Michel Foucault was an "important exemplar".
    • also known as Trop literari, Tropologia, Troop (stijlfiguur)
  2. Trope: A trope or tropus may be a variety of different things in medieval, 20th-, and 21st-century music.
  3. Trope: The term "trope" is both a term which denotes figurative and metaphorical language and one which has been used in various technical senses. The term trope derives from the Greek τρόπος, "a turn, a change", related to the root of the verb τρέπειν, "to turn, to direct, to alter, to change"; this means that the term is used metaphorically to denote, among other things, metaphorical language. Perhaps the term can be explained as meaning the same thing as a turn of phrase in its original sense.
  4. Trope: In Judaism, trope is the musical pronunciation associated with the cantillation marks used for the ritual chanting of the Torah.
  5. Trope: In geometry, trope is an archaic term for a singular tangent space of a Variety, often a quartic surface. The term may have been introduced by Cayley, who defined it as "the reciprocal term to node". It is not easy to give a precise definition, because the term is used mainly in older books and papers on algebraic geometry, whose definitions are vague, different, and use archaic terminology. The term "trope" is used in the theory of quartic surfaces in projective space, where it is sometimes defined as a tangent space meeting the quartic surface in a conic; for example Kummer's surface has 16 tropes.

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Google previewThe preceptor: containing a general course of education [ed. by R. Dodsley]. (1783)

by Preceptor

A Trope is a Word removed from its first and natural Signification, and applied with Advantage to another Thing, -which it does not originally mean ; but only stands for it, as it hm Relation to or Connexion with it : As in this Sentence, Gad ii ...

Google previewHegel's Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit (1998)

by Michael N. Forster

The second trope is that which drives one to infinity. Sextus uses this as frequently as it has appeared in more recent times in the form of the tendency to establish by grounds [Begriindungstendenz] . It is the familiar idea that for that which ...

Google previewStory (1998)

by Harold Scheub

The move to trope is a mythic movement, revealing to the audience the relationship between myth and reality. Trope is a process, and the end is a marriage of myth and ...

Google previewQueer Theory and the Jewish Question (2012)

by Daniel Boyarin, Daniel Itzkovitz, Ann Pellegrini

As such writers as Christopher Craft have made clear, one vital impulse of this trope is the preservation of an essential heterosexuality within desire itself, through a particular reading of the homosexuality of persons: desire, in this view, ...

Google previewEconomic Ironies Throughout History (2014)

Applied Philosophical Insights for Modern Life by M. Szenberg, L. Ramrattan

A trope is a figure of speech, derived from the Greek word for “to turn.” It creates a difference between the literal and the figurative meaning. For example, one can praise someone by blaming him (de Man 1996, 165). Historical periods can be ...

Google previewVisions of Culture (2009)

An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists by Jerry D. Moore

The foundational trope is a recurrent metaphor in Western thought: the organic analogy which holds that society is like an organism. Just as living things have specific organs that perform certain tasks yet are articulated by nervous, circulatory, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006)

by Melissa Hope Ditmore

FALLEN WOMAN TROPE. Operating via prescribed views of gender and sexuality, the fallen woman trope has long played an important role in Western imaginative discourse, reaching back to popular interpretations of Mary Magdalene as a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Judaism (2005)

by Sara E. Karesh, Mitchell M. Hurvitz

trope particularly in the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and led to major reforms to improve working conditions, especially regarding safety. The Triangle Fire remained a rallying call in the American Jewish labor movement ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

trope, iropique, tropolo- | gique ; It. tropo, tropico, iropo- j logico ; Sp. tropico, tropolngia ; tropin ; Gr. rpoKoc, rpo- Ifitbe granted by Athena or Minerva, be tropologically TROPE. meant prudence, &c. * v Cudworth. Intellectual System ...

Google previewDictionary of Jewish Words (2010)

A JPS Guide by Joyce Eisenberg, Ellen Scolnic

trope pl. n. Yiddish (TROPE) The special musical notes— designated by a series of lines and dots—that indicate the tune for chanting prayers and readings from the Torah and haftarah. Trope symbols are not written on ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Postmodernism (2003)

by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

trope 407 It employs a word or phrase out of its ordinary usage in order to further demonstrate or illustrate a particular idea. The four fundamental or classical tropes include metaphor (the comparison of two things or concepts), metonymy ( the ...

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1912)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne, Andrew Alphonsus MacErlean

Trope.—Definition and Description.—Trope in the liturgico-hymnological sense is a collective name # since about the close of the Middle Ages or a little later, has been applied to texts of great variety (in both poetry and prose) written for the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

trope followed by one short syllable). Lines of verse made up predominantly of trochees are referred to as trochaic verse or trochaics. Regular trochaic lines are quite rare in English, Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha (1855) being a celebrated ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; Or, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1797)

Constructed on a Plan, by which the Different Sciences and Arts are Digested Into the Form of Distinct Treatises Or Systems, Comprehending the History, Theory, and Practice, of Each, According to the Latest Discoveries and Improvements; and Full Explanations Given of the Various Detached Parts of Knowledge, Whether Relating to Natural and Artificial Objects, Or to Matters Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, Commercial ..., Together with a Description of All the Countries, Cities, Principal Mountains ... Throughout the World; a General History ... and an Account of the Lives of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation, from the Earliest Ages Down to the Present Times

Calachreis fignifies in general any harsh trope, in this expression there is a metalepfis. Marius, by a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* TROPE, n.f. !

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The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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