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

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"Trope" Quotes from Famous Books

... 'tis puzzling enough, as his deeds we recall, To tell on whose shoulders his mantle should fall; While many may claim to deserve it, at least, From Hunter, the Hound, down to Butler, the Beast, None else, we can say, without risking the trope, But himself can be parallel ever ...
— War Poetry of the South • Various

... the statement of truth in a trope, and the will by clothing the laws of life in illusions. But the unities of Truth and of Right are not broken by the disguise. There need never be any confusion in these. In a crowded life of many parts and performers, on a stage ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. I, No. 1, Nov. 1857 • Various

... poets till Dan Chaucer?' asks our great Thomas; 'no heart burning with a thought, which it could not hold, and had no word for; and needed to shape and coin a word for—what thou callest a metaphor, trope, or the like? For every word we have, there was such a man and poet. The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor, and bold questionable originality. 'Thy very ATTENTION, does it not mean an attentio, a STRETCHING-TO?' Fancy ...
— Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863 - Devoted to Literature and National Policy • Various

... This blunt trope stirred up Lincoln, who had been a pig-slaughterer in his day, remember. He groaned, wrung his hands, and "took on" with terrible agony ...
— The Lincoln Story Book • Henry L. Williams

... artificially wrought style cultivates variation from the customary, by which it becomes clever, more dignified, and altogether more attractive. The turn of expression is called a Trope, and change of construction is called a Schema. The forms of these are described in technical treatises. Let us examine if any of these is omitted by Homer or whether anything else was discovered by his successors which he ...
— Essays and Miscellanies - The Complete Works Volume 3 • Plutarch

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

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