from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
- n. A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales. Similar to archetype and cliché but not necessarily pejorative.
- n. A figure of speech in which words or phrases are used with a nonliteral or figurative meaning, such as a metaphor.
- n. A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
- n. A phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir.
- n. A pair of complementary hexachords in twelve-tone technique.
- n. A cantillation.
- v. To use, or embellish something with a trope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The use of a word or expression in a different sense from that which properly belongs to it; the use of a word or expression as changed from the original signification to another, for the sake of giving life or emphasis to an idea; a figure of speech.
- n. The word or expression so used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figurative use of a word; a word or expression used in a different sense from that which properly belongs to it, or a word changed from its original signification to another for the sake of giving spirit or emphasis to an idea, as when we call a stupid fellow an ass, or a shrewd man a fox.
- n. In Gregorian music, a short cadence or closing formula by which particular melodies are distinguished. Also called differentia and distinctio.
- n. In liturgics, a phrase, sentence, or verse occasionally accompanying or interpolated in the introit, Kyrie, Gloria in Excelsis, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei in different parts of the Western Church. Since the sixteenth century tropes have no longer been used.
- n. A geometrical singularity, the reciprocal of a node.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
While we doubt that use of the term trope has actually scared off would-be adherents of trope-theory, it cannot hurt to have an accurate, suggestive, single descriptive expression for tropes of given degrees.
Likewise, this trope is an easy way to examine geneder roles without having to necessarily do as much heavy lifting.
Drawn from the Greek tropein, to turn, the trope is a perversion, a breaking of rules, a seduction of language from its proper course.
Rather like same-sex union itself, then, the trope is a kind of 'elective affinity,' and one without which there would surely be no representation, no poetry, and perhaps nothing to blush about.
My Best Friend's Wedding, Cody had no intentions of replaying what she calls the "trope" of the woman who is desperate to reclaim her lost love while the man who's right for her languishes before her eyes.
This is becoming a familiar trope from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Whether someone else assumes he said it, or merely uses it as a rhetorical trope, is not evidence.
A "strong trope" is a use of language (whether in individual lines or phrases or the poem as a whole) so powerful in its implications that, as he puts it in another book, it creates meaning that "could not exist without" it and produces an "excess or overflow" that "brings about a condition of newness."
The rough, tough, gruff trope is stolen from In the Red by the late Mark Tavener, an early stalwart of the Liberal Revue.
Anyway, the whole Libertarian 'government = terrorism' trope is tiresome.