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n. pl. tro·pol·o·gies
1. The use of tropes in speech or writing.
2. A mode of biblical interpretation insisting on the morally edifying sense of tropes in the Scriptures.

[Late Latin tropologia, from Late Greek tropologiā : Greek tropos, trope; see trope + Greek -logiā, -logy.]

tro′po·log′ic (trō′pə-lŏj′ĭk, trŏp′ə-), tro′po·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
tro′po·log′i·cal·ly adv.


n, pl -gies
1. (Rhetoric) rhetoric the use of figurative language in speech or writing
2. (Theology) Christian theol the educing of moral or figurative meanings from the Scriptures
3. (Rhetoric) a treatise on tropes or figures of speech
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek tropologia; see trope, -logy]
ˌtropoˈlogic, ˌtropoˈlogical adj


(troʊˈpɒl ə dʒi)

n., pl. -gies.
1. the use of figurative language in speech or writing.
2. the use of a Scriptural text so as to give it a moral interpretation or significance apart from its direct meaning.
[1510–20; < Late Latin tropologia < Greek tropología]
trop•o•log•ic (ˌtrɒp əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌtroʊ pə-) trop`o•log′i•cal, adj.
trop`o•log′i•cal•ly, adv.


1. the use of flgurative language in writing.
2. a treatise on figures of speech or tropes. — tropologic, tropological, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
a method of interpreting biblical literature emphasizing the moral implications of the tropes, or figures of speech, used in its composition. — tropological, adj.
See also: Bible
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