trope

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noun \ˈtrōp\

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 in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of trope

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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TROPE Defined for English Language Learners

trope

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noun \ˈtrōp\

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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