from Gk. tropos, "a turn"

  An artful deviation from the ordinary or principal signification of a word. One of two general categories for figures of speech, along with scheme. Literally "turn" in Greek, trope signifies when one turns a word or phrase from its conventional use to a novel one for rhetorical effect. A scheme, on the other hand, refers to the unusual arrangement of words.

See Also

Sources: Quintilian 8.6.1-3; Trebizond 60v; Melanch. IR b8r;


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