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Definitions of trope

  1. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The word or expression so used. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A figure of speech, especially a metaphor; as, in the sentence, the wise man is a fox, the word fox is a trope. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. (rhet.) A word or expression changed from its proper sense for life or emphasis, a figure of speech. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A figure of speech. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Tropical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A word or expression used in a different sense from the literal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. In rhet., a change in the signification of a word from a primary to a derived sense; a word or expression used in a sense different from that which it usually signifies; a word used figuratively. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. tr[=o]p, n. (rhet.) a word or expression changed from its proper sense for emphasis, a figure of speech---metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony: a short cadence peculiar to Gregorian melodies--also Differentia and Distinctio: formerly, a phrase occasionally interpolated in different parts of the mass: (geom.) the reciprocal of a node.--adj. TR[=O]'PICAL, figurative.--adv. TR[=O]'PICALLY.--n. TR[=O]'PIST, one who uses tropes or who explains Scripture by them.--adjs. TR[=O]POLOG'IC, -AL, expressed or varied by tropes or figures.--adv. TR[=O]POLOG'ICALLY.--v.t. TROPOL'OGISE, to use as a trope.--n. TR[=O]POL'OGY, a tropical or figurative mode of speech: a treatise on tropes: that interpretation of Scripture which reads moral meanings into any and every passage. [Fr.,--L. tropus--Gr. tropos--trepein, to turn.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. Figurative (e.g. metaphorical, ironical) use of a word. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. [Gr.] (Rhet.) A general term for any forms of expression not identical with but derived from the primary signification ; as Allegory, Metaphor, etc. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  13. n. [Greek] Use of a word or expression in a different sense from that which properly belongs to it, as when we call a brave man a lion, or a shrewd man a fox; –the expression so used. Cabinet Dictionary

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