Origin of rheme

First recorded in 1890–95, rheme is from the Greek word rhḗma saying, word
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British Dictionary definitions for rheme


  1. linguistics the constituent of a sentence that adds most new information, in addition to what has already been said in the discourse. The rheme is usually, but not always, associated with the subjectCompare theme (def. 5)

Word Origin for rheme

C20: from Greek rhēma that which is said
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