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noun to·pos \ˈtō-ˌpäs, ˈtä-\
plural to·poi \-ˌpi\

Definition of TOPOS

:  a traditional or conventional literary or rhetorical theme or topic

Origin of TOPOS

Greek, short for koinos topos, literally, common place
First Known Use: 1936

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


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