Trope vs Hyperbole - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between trope and hyperbole
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 hyperbole
is (uncountable) extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
As a verb trope
is to use, or embellish something with a trope.
(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.
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.
TV Tropes Site with numerous current examples of tropes.
(uncountable) Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
(uncountable) Deliberate exaggeration.
(countable) An instance or example of this technique.
(countable, obsolete) A hyperbola.
1800s=1837 1841 1843,
* 1602 — i 3
*: ...and when he speaks
'Tis like a chime a-mending; with terms unsquar'd,
Which, from the tongue of roaring Typhon dropp'd,
Would seem hyperboles .
* 1837 —
*: The great staircase, however, may be termed, without much hyperbole , a feature of grandeur and magnificence.
* 1841 — , ch. 28
*: "Nay - nay - good Sumach," interrupted Deerslayer, whose love of truth was too indomitable to listen to such hyperbole with patience.
* 1843 —
*: The honourable gentleman forces us to hear a good deal of this detestable rhetoric; and then he asks why, if the secretaries of the Nizam and the King of Oude use all these tropes and hyperboles , Lord Ellenborough should not indulge in the same sort of eloquence?
* c.1910 —
*: Of course the hymn has come to us from somewhere else, but I do not know from where; and the average native of our village firmly believes that it is indigenous to our own soil—which it can not be, unless it deals in hyperbole , for the nearest approach to a river in our neighborhood is the village pond.
* 2001 - Tom Bentley, Daniel Stedman Jones, The Moral Universe
*: The perennial problem, especially for the BBC, has been to reconcile the hyperbole -driven agenda of newspapers with the requirement of balance, which is crucial to the public service remit.