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[thee-mat-ik] /θiˈmæt ɪk/
of or relating to a theme.
  1. (of a word or words) of, relating to, or producing a theme or themes.
  2. (of a vowel) pertaining to the theme or stem: the thematic vowel ends the stem and precedes the inflectional ending of a word form, as i in Latin audiō “I hear.”.
Origin of thematic
1690-1700; < Greek thematikós, equivalent to themat- (stem of théma theme) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
thematically, adverb
nonthematic, adjective
nonthematically, adverb
unthematic, adjective
unthematically, adverb Unabridged
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  • In a thematic sense, Beethoven does not promote anarchist ideas.

    Beethoven: the Man and the Artist Ludwig van Beethoven
  • "I read your thematic on Venusian viruses," he said abruptly.

    Competition James Causey
  • This is most obviously apparent in those parts where thematic elaboration predominates, which are richer and freer than hitherto.

  • One more illustration of the way in which the thematic system is worked.

    The Perfect Wagnerite George Bernard Shaw
  • As a work, however, it is a full-fledged overture, rich in thematic material.

British Dictionary definitions for thematic


of, relating to, or consisting of a theme or themes
(linguistics) denoting a word that is the theme of a sentence
  1. denoting a vowel or other sound or sequence of sounds that occurs between the root of a word and any inflectional or derivational suffixes
  2. of or relating to the stem or root of a word
(grammar) a thematic vowel: ``-o-'' is a thematic in the combining form ``psycho-''
Derived Forms
thematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for thematic

1690s, from Greek thematikos, from thema (see theme). Related: Thematically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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