1. of or relating to a theme.
  2. Grammar.
    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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  • They were thematically consistent with the existing Mansion ghosts, more funny than scary, and their faces were familiar.

British Dictionary definitions for thematically


  1. of, relating to, or consisting of a theme or themes
  2. linguistics denoting a word that is the theme of a sentence
  3. grammar
    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
  1. 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 thematically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper