topos

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to·pos

 (tō′pōs, -pŏs)
n. pl. to·poi (-poi)
A traditional theme or motif; a literary convention.

[Greek, short for (koinos) topos, (common)place.]

topos

(ˈtɒpɒs)
n, pl -oi (-ɔɪ)
(Rhetoric) a basic theme or concept, esp a stock topic in rhetoric
[C20: Greek, literally: place]

to•pos

(ˈtoʊ poʊs, -pɒs)
n., pl. -poi (-pɔɪ)
a convention or motif, esp. in a literary work.
[1935–40; <Greek (koinós) tópos (common) place]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.topos - a traditional theme or motif or literary convention; "James Joyce uses the topos of the Wandering Jew in his Ulysses"
theme, motif - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
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