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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]
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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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Johnstone, Sketches of an Elephant: a Topos Theory Compendium, vols.
The chapters present clear overviews of basic theory, with ordered sets, locals, general topology, monads, algebra, algebraic categories, topos theory, sheaf theory, and descent theory described with reference in each case to the history and development of the theory.