\ ˈtrōp How to pronounce trope (audio) \

Definition of trope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

Definition of -trope (Entry 2 of 2)

: body characterized by (such) a state allotrope

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Examples of trope in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another trope was to cast a cinematic gaze upon his subject, capturing her from afar or through a window, say. Vogue, "A Look Back at Peter Lindbergh’s Work for Vogue," 4 Sep. 2019 The reality of reality The idea that the world of our experience might not be real is an enduring trope of philosophy and science fiction, as well as of late-night pub discussions. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 The notion of dual loyalty is a vile anti-Semitic trope that goes back centuries. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: The unhinged presidency," 25 Aug. 2019 Berman said the material is a blatantly anti-Semitic trope about Jews controlling the media. Dustin Gardiner,, "Complaints of biased curriculum may sideline California’s ethnic studies push," 21 Aug. 2019 His assumption that his racist views hold quiet but widespread currency is a familiar trope among racists, too. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump and His Deplorables," 15 July 2019 That trope is one of the most reliable ways to mobilize anti-Jewish sentiment. Rabbi David Wolpe, Time, "Even People Who Like Some of Trump's Policies on Israel Should Condemn His Dangerous 'Disloyalty' Comment," 21 Aug. 2019 One common trope in these titles is to include the name of a bad guy and/or organization in the movie itself. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "The definitive ranking of James Bond movie titles," 20 Aug. 2019 The fossilized tropes aren’t the only thing that color our vision. Los Angeles Times, "Remembering Jonathan Gold a year after his death," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of trope


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for trope


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

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English Language Learners Definition of trope

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

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concealment of treason or felony

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