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“… into a trope for distinguishing specific …”

meanings of trope


  1. A tangent space meeting a quartic surface in a conic.
  2. A phrase or verse added to the Mass when sung by a choir.
  3. Any of the ten arguments used in skepticism to refute dogmatism.
  4. The reciprocal of a node on a surface.
  5. (geometry) Mathematical senses.
  6. A figure of speech in which words or phrases are used with a nonliteral or figurative meaning, such as a metaphor.
  7. A particular instance of a property (such as the specific redness of a rose), as contrasted with a universal.
  8. A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
  9. A pair of complementary hexachords in twelve-tone technique.
  10. (philosophy) Philosophical senses.
  11. A cantillation pattern, or one of the marks that represents it.
  12. (music) Musical senses.
  13. Something recurring across a genre or 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.


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

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