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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.
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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
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(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.
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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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Hence, on the basis of Dandin's and Bhamaha's interpretive tropologies, an applicable definition of comparison shall be suggested for the present purposes:
"Of Tangled Webs and Busted Sets: Tropologies of Number and Shape in the Fiction of John Galt." Romantic Circles: Praxis Series (April, 2013).
"Tropologies of Tradition and (Post)modernity in Nwagwu's Forever Chimes." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 13.1 (2011): <>.
At that time I dealt with allegories, tropologies, and analogies [sic] and did nothing but clever tricks with them.
Renaissance Tropologies: The Cultural Imagination of Early Modern England.
Renaissance tropologies; the cultural imagination of early modern England.
The novel casts Christian tropologies of sin as the trace of this attempted transformation while also illustrating how alternative conceptions of Creek identity remain available if hidden--made "secret" and lying beneath the surface of a social landscape recontigured by U.S.
tropologies: as a failure to shift from a metonymic to a metaphorical
Thus, Aravamudan notes, "It is through cultural and political deformation that colonialist tropologies become tropicalizations" (15).
The flexibility of White's approach to the study of figurative language is amply demonstrated in two essays that find ways of elucidating the surprising tropologies found in the disparate categories of both dreams and music.
With this book, Du Bois is not only rewriting key tropologies of African-American history, sociology, politics, and philosophy (15), but is attempting to position them at the very center of inquiry concerning the American life-world.