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tropetrope /trəʊp $ troʊp/ noun [countable]  technicalSLAL words, phrases, images etc that are used for an unusual or interesting effect cinematic tropes
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tropeKnowledge of their ontological status thus functions in Textermination as a trope for indeterminacy.In effect, Freud attributes to the unconscious the power of a writer brilliantly deploying the classical tropes to transform his material.The movement was also programmatically self-conscious, one of the modernist tropes.Brooke-Rose reverses this familiar postmodernist trope by focusing instead on the relation between the characters and their readers.
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