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Trope   Listen

Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense.  Synonyms: figure, figure of speech, image.

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"Trope" Quotes from Famous Books

... under one class, he called that whole class a tree."—Blair's Rhet., p. 73. "For the oak, the pine, and the ash, were names of whole classes of objects."—Ib., p. 73. "It is of little importance whether we give to some particular mode of expression the name of a trope, or of a figure."—Ib., p. 133. "The collision of a vowel with itself is the most ungracious of all combinations, and has been doomed to peculiar reprobation under the name of an hiatus."—J. Q. Adams's Rhet., Vol. ii, p. 217. "We hesitate to determine, whether the Tyrant alone, is the ...
— The Grammar of English Grammars • Goold Brown

... tyrant who is his most dangerous foe, the sane man or the insane? Do the thousands who know him best, who have rejoiced at his deeds in Kansas, and have afforded him material aid there, think him insane? Such a use of this word is a mere trope with most who persist in using it, and I have no doubt that many of the rest have already in silence retracted ...
— A Plea for Captain John Brown • Henry David Thoreau

... attempted their agitation more sparingly; and had he been theatrical and rhetorical in his methods, he would have lost his control of them long before the end of the session. But he rarely indulged in a trope or a flight, never in bathos nor in bursts of ill-balanced appeal. Nothing ever was drier than the subjects he elucidated day after day for three weeks: for he took the Constitution to pieces bit by bit, and compelled them to ...
— The Conqueror • Gertrude Franklin Atherton

Words linked to "Trope" :   zeugma, evening, bell ringer, mark, rhetorical device, simile, personification, megahit, prosopopoeia, flip side, image, sleeper, rainy day, lens, irony, blockbuster, housecleaning, blind alley, metonymy, goldbrick, oxymoron, summer, conceit, hyperbole, period, synecdoche, tropical, cakewalk, exaggeration, metaphor, dawn, home run, domino effect, kenning, smash hit, bull's eye

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