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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- the use of a word or words in a figurative sense
- a figure of speech
- figurative language in general
- a common, often conventional, theme, motif, style, etc.
- in the medieval church,
- the interpolation of a phrase or passage into the authorized service: such passages were later developed into dramatic dialogues
- any such passage
Origin: L tropus < Gr tropos, a turning, turn, figure of speech (akin to tropē, a turn) < trepein, to turn < IE base *trep-, to turn
- a turning or changing
- something that turns or changes: thaumatrope
Origin: Gr -tropos: see trope
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- A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
- A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies.
Origin: Latin tropus, from Greek tropos, turn, figure of speech; see trep- in Indo-European roots.
- tropˈi·cal adjective