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trope

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noun \ˈtrōp\

Simple Definition of trope

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

Full Definition of trope

  1. 1a :  a word or expression used in a figurative sense :  figure of speechb :  a common or overused theme or device :  cliché <the usual horror movie tropes>

  2. 2 :  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

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