from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The use of tropes in speech or writing.
  • n. A mode of biblical interpretation insisting on the morally edifying sense of tropes in the Scriptures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The use of a trope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rhetorical mode of speech, including tropes, or changes from the original import of the word.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rhetorical or figurative mode of speech; the use of tropes or metaphors.
  • n. A treatise on tropes or figures.
  • n. Specifically, that use of a Scripture text which gives it a moral significance apart from, or rather implied or involved in, its direct and temporary meaning.


Late Latin tropologia, from Late Greek tropologiā : Greek tropos, trope; see trope + Greek -logiā, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek τροπολογία (tropología), from τρόπος (tropos) + λόγος (lógos) (Wiktionary)



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