Trope Trope, n. [L. tropus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to turn. See {Torture}, and cf. {Trophy}, {Tropic}, {Troubadour}, {Trover}.] (Rhet.) (a) 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. (b) The word or expression so used. [1913 Webster]

In his frequent, long, and tedious speeches, it has been said that a trope never passed his lips. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

Note: Tropes are chiefly of four kinds: metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony. Some authors make figures the genus, of which trope is a species; others make them different things, defining trope to be a change of sense, and figure to be any ornament, except what becomes so by such change. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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