Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

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Synonyms of Trope

figure, figure of speech, image

Origin of the word Trope

  1. 1533, from L. tropus "a figure of speech," from Gk. tropos "turn, direction, turn or figure of speech," related to trope "a turning" and trepein "to turn," from PIE base trep- "to turn" (cf. Skt. trapate "is ashamed, confused," prop. "turns away in shame;" L. trepit "he turns"). Technically, in rhetoric, a figure of speech which … more

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