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 formsthe·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·the·mat·ic, adjectivenon·the·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·the·mat·ic, adjectiveun·the·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of thematic

Historical Examples of thematic

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


    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.


    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 Formsthematically, 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