WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
tro•pol•o•gy  (trō polə jē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -gies  for 2.
  1. Rhetoricthe use of figurative language in speech or writing.
  2. Rhetorica treatise on figures of speech or tropes.
  3. Religionthe use of a Scriptural text so as to give it a moral interpretation or significance apart from its direct meaning.
trop•o•log•ic  (trō polə jē),USA pronunciation  trop′o•logi•cal, adj.  trop′o•logi•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek tropología. See trope, -o-, -logy
  • Late Latin tropologia
  • 1510–20;

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