American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A traditional theme or motif; a literary convention.
- n. A literary theme or motif; a rhetorical convention or formula.
- n. mathematics A certain mathematical structure found in category theory.
- n. a traditional theme or motif or literary convention
- From Ancient Greek τόπος (topos, "place"). Compare topic. (Wiktionary)
- Greek, short for (koinos) topos, (common)place. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Aristotle says: “we must find the location (topos) from which to attack,” where the word ˜topos™ is obviously used to mean a starting point for attacking the theses of the opponents.”
“The notion of topos is due for a revival, especially if we are to consider seriously the recuperation of sentimental poetry and the many women poets who do not invest in the masculinised rhetorics of anti-rhetoric proffered in the Lyrical Ballads model of Romantic-period literary history.”
“In addition, help was offered by a search-and-rescue group called "topos" -- (moles) -- organized by youths who dug through collapsed buildings after Mexico City's 1985 earthquake.”
“Very roughly, a topos is a category possessing a logical structure sufficiently rich to develop most of”
“The inscription found on a portico base was identified as a topos inscription by Professor Dennis Feissel in Paris -- "pro teketai [iu] lianou," or "the place reserved for [Ju] lian.”
“Now a topos is a motif which takes the form of a literary commonplace or rhetorical set-piece: e.g., the comparison between nature and a book or between the world and the theater.”
“7 This topos has been a subject of well known investigations from Ernst R. Curtius, European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages (Princeton 1967), 319-326, to Jacques Derrida, Of”
“When English lawyer Sir Thomas More--a devout Roman Catholic--coined the word "utopia" to describe his imaginary island nation in the early 16th century, it was a play on the Greek eu-topos, meaning "good place" and ou-topos, meaning "no place".”
“These are "topos" ( "place") inscriptions followed by a name in the possessive case, which gave official authorization to a particular salesman to use this spot.”
“So it appears that Percy Shelley developed an oppositional poetics which pitted one kind of topos against another.”
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