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