tro·​pol·​o·​gy | \ trōˈpäləjē \
plural -es

Definition of tropology

1a : a figurative mode of speech or writing
b : a mode of biblical interpretation stressing a moral meaning inhering in the metaphorical character of language
2 : a treatise on or compilation of tropes

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First Known Use of tropology

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for tropology

Late Latin tropologia, from Late Greek, from tropos trope (from Greek, turn, manner, style) + Greek -logia -logy

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“Tropology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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