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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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  • "I read your thematic on Venusian viruses," he said abruptly.

    Competition James Causey
  • The thematic work is scholarly and enthusiastic at the same time.

  • The second is a thematic development of the motive of Siegfried, the youth.

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

    The Perfect Wagnerite George Bernard Shaw
  • Neither did he feel the want of the mode of thematic development which we find at its ripest in Beethoven.

    Purcell John F. Runciman
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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