Trope vs Expression - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between trope and expression

is that trope is (literature) something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales similar to archetype and but not necessarily pejorative while expression is a particular way of phrasing an idea.

As a verb trope

is to use, or embellish something with a trope.

trope

English

Noun

(wikipedia trope) (en noun)
  • (literature) Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales. Similar to archetype and but not necessarily pejorative.
  • A figure of speech in which words or phrases are used with a nonliteral or figurative meaning, such as a metaphor.
  • (music) A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
  • (music) A phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir.
  • (music) A pair of complementary hexachords in twelve-tone technique.
  • (Judaism) A cantillation pattern, or the mark that represents it.
  • Derived terms

    * troper * tropist * tropical * tropology

    Verb

    (trop)
  • To use, or embellish something with a trope.
  • (often, literature) To turn into, coin or create a new trope.
  • (often, literature) To analyze a work in terms of its literary tropes.
  • To think or write in terms of tropes.
  • Synonyms

    * tropify

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    expression

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A particular way of phrasing an idea.
  • A colloquialism or idiom.
  • A facial appearance usually associated with an emotion.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=9 citation , passage=Eustace gaped at him in amazement. When his urbanity dropped away from him, as now, he had an innocence of expression which was almost infantile. It was as if the world had never touched him at all.}}
  • (mathematics) An arrangement of symbols denoting values, operations performed on them, and grouping symbols.
  • (biology) The process of translating a gene into a protein.
  • (programming) A piece of code in a high-level language that returns a value.
  • Of a mother, the process of expressing milk.
  • Derived terms

    * arithmetic expression * linguistic expression * logical expression * regular expression * expression pedal

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