noun \ˈtrōp\

: a word, phrase, or image used in a new and different way in order to create an artistic effect

Full Definition of TROPE

a :  a word or expression used in a figurative sense :  figure of speech
b :  a common or overused theme or device :  cliché <the usual horror movie tropes>
:  a phrase or verse added as an embellishment or interpolation to the sung parts of the Mass in the Middle Ages

Examples of TROPE

  1. <a screenplay that reads like a catalog of mystery-thriller tropes>

Origin of TROPE

Latin tropus, from Greek tropos turn, way, manner, style, trope, from trepein to turn
First Known Use: 1533

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

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

Rhymes with TROPE


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