trope

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noun \ ˈtrōp \

Definition of trope

1 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
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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of trope

Latin tropus, from Greek tropos turn, way, manner, style, trope, from trepein to turn

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TROPE Defined for English Language Learners

trope

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Definition of trope for English Language Learners

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



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