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

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


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


(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"
References in classic literature ?
The name means "nowhere," from two Greek words, "ou," no, and "topos," a place.
Structure and semantics of the topos study in the Russian literature have started already several decades ago.
While overall a focus on the historical, religious, and anthropological dimensions of water creates some sense of unity, and Classen warns of "the danger of losing ourselves in a literal flood of different approaches" (xxxii), it seems less likely in the present study than the threat of losing oneself in a deluge of examples organized by topos or text rather than an overabundance of critical or theoretical approaches.
Si nos situamos en haces cuyas fibras son conjuntos, obtenemos los topos. Si nos situamos en haces sobre modelos de Kripke cuyas fibras son estructuras arbitrarias de tipo fijo, obtenemos la logica de los haces de Caicedo.
In order to study the influence of the historical context on the topos of the world turned upside down, Robert-Nicoud examines the development of this topos throughout 16th-century France in relation to the religious wars.
A policeman at the Topos Congress-Hotel in Rostov-on-Don, which was evacuated at around 2000 GMT on Tuesday, said 16 venues had been evacuated across the city as part of a drill.
Russian police vehicles and ambulances reportedly evacuated the Topos Congress-Hotel in Rostov-on-Don after a bomb threat.
The topos of entitlement also connects the discourse strands of exclusion and innocence creating a set of interdiscursive relationships that speak to the overarching knowledge that informs the particular discourse on discrimination advanced in the defense witness testimony and that is recontextualized in the BC Provincial Court Judge's ruling.
Este tipo de encaje de topos en tul se llama plumeti.
De otra parte, la topica menor, se ocupa de todos aquellos topos que serian adecuados en una ciencia en particular.
Synopsis: In "Chronicles of Ara: Creation" (Incorgnito Publishing Press, 9780986195334, $16.95 PB, $5.99 Kindle, 356pp) and "Chronicles of Ara: Perdition" (Topos Books, 9780996911108, $17.95 PB, $5.99 Kindle, 394pp) which are volumes 1 and 2 of "The Chronicles of Ara" trilogy by the team of Stephen Hillard and Joel Eisenberg, we learned of a series of "lost" documents that allegedly map the escape of both man and god from imminent catastrophe.
Compreende-se que a nocao de esfera e devedora de pressupostos heideggerianos acerca do habitar e do construir--relacionados a nocao grega de topos, lugar.