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topos (TOH-pohs) noun [plural topoi (-poi)]

A traditional theme or motif; a literary convention.

[Greek, short for (koinos) topos, (common)place.]

"[T]he Israeli-Palestinian conflict has served authors of thrillers as a topos to write about from the vantage point of world-weary observers ...." Hillel Halkin, The Jerusalem Syndrome, The New Republic, 25 May 1998.

This week's theme: words from Greek.

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Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. -Pascal (1623-1662)


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