The definition of a trope is a figure of speech or a play on words.(noun)
Repeating a word that can be used in two different contexts - such as Ben Franklin's quote "If we don't hang together, we'll hang separately" is an example of a trope.
See trope in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L tropus < Gr tropos, a turning, turn, figure of speech (akin to tropē, a turn) < trepein, to turn < IE base *trep-, to turn
Origin: Gr -tropos: see trope
See trope in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin tropus
Origin: , from Greek tropos, turn, figure of speech; see trep- in Indo-European roots.
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