• (RP) IPA: /tɹəʊp/, [tɹ̥əʊp]
  • (GA) enPR: trōp, IPA: /tɹoʊp/

trope (plural tropes)

  1. (art, literature) Something recurring across a genre or type#Noun|type of art or literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or the use of the phrase ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales; a motif.
  2. (rhetoric) A figure of speech in which word#Noun|words or phrase#Noun|phrases are used with a nonliteral or figurative meaning#Noun|meaning, such as a metaphor.
  3. (geometry) Mathematical senses.
    1. A tangent space meeting a quartic surface#Noun|surface in a conic#Noun|conic.
    2. (archaic) The reciprocal#Noun|reciprocal of a node on a surface.
  4. (music) Musical senses.
    1. A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
    2. A pair of complementary hexachords in twelve-tone technique.
    3. (Judaism) A cantillation pattern, or one of the mark#Noun|marks that represent#Verb|represents it.
    4. (Roman Catholicism) A phrase or verse added to the Mass when sung by a choir.
  5. (philosophy) Philosophical senses.
    1. (Greek philosophy) Any of the ten arguments used in skepticism to refute dogmatism.
    2. (metaphysics) A particular instance of a property (such as the specific redness of a rose#Noun|rose), as contrasted with a universal#Noun|universal.
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trope (tropes, present participle troping; past and past participle troped)

  1. (transitive) To use#Verb|use, or embellish something with, a trope.
  2. (transitive) Senses relating chiefly to art or literature.
    1. To represent something figuratively or metaphorically, especially as a literary motif.
    2. To turn into, coin#Verb|coin, or create a new trope.
    3. To analyse a work#Noun|work in terms of its literary tropes.
  3. (intransitive) To think#Verb|think or write in terms of tropes.
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