AskDefine | Define trope

Dictionary Definition

trope n : language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense [syn: figure of speech, figure, image]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la tropus, from etyl grc τρόπος.

Noun

  1. A figure of speech, such as a metaphor, in which a word or phrase is used other than in a literal manner.
  2. A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
  3. A phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir.
  4. A cantillation.
  5. Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror or ‘once upon a time’ as introduction to fairytales. Similar to a cliché, but not necessarily pejorative.

Derived terms

Translations

figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used other than in a literal manner
  • Dutch: troop
music: short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music
  • Dutch: troop
music: phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir
  • Dutch: troop
judaism: cantillation
  • Dutch: troop
literature: something recurring across a genre or type of literature
  • Dutch: troop

Verb

  1. To use, or embellish something with a trope.

Translations

use a trope
  • Dutch: een troop gebruiken, van een troop voorzien

References

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

Extensive Definition

Trope (from Greek τροπή - tropē, "a turn, a change") may refer to:
trope in German: Trope
trope in French: Trope
trope in Dutch: Troop
trope in Norwegian: Trope
trope in Finnish: Trooppi
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