subject matter


Definition of subject matter

: matter presented for consideration in discussion, thought, or study

Examples of subject matter in a Sentence

I found the film's subject matter to be quite disturbing. She disapproves of the artist's choice of subject matter.

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The subject matter may also be surrounded by irrelevant information. The Economist, "Using AI to speed up the processing of space images," 14 June 2019 Despite the heady subject matter, the vibe on the Studio City set on this crisp afternoon in March is remarkably light. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "On the Set of 'Forever' as Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph Delve Into "Haunting" Roles," 14 June 2019 The idea is straightforward: Each artist was given the opportunity to display one to three pieces, with complete freedom to choose subject matter and media., "Tattoo artists ‘unchained’ at Mobile’s Friday art walk," 13 June 2019 Sharinghousen's performance is surprisingly nuanced and touching, considering the subject matter and its potential for cheesiness. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019 Another artist who overtly acknowledges art-historical subject matter is Mary Jo Tydlacka. Mike Giuliano,, "Resident artists in spotlight at Howard County Arts Council show," 6 June 2019 In fact, the expansion of the genre has created a community of people who are serious about the subject matter and others who might identify with one case in particular. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 The smiling photo of Mase that graces the book’s cover seems like a sharp contrast to the title and subject matter. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Seattle poet J Mase III makes his own way and teaches other trans and queer artists to carve out sustainable careers," 13 Apr. 2019 But even though the show takes on heavy subject matter, there’s plenty of lighthearted action behind the scenes. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Marvel's "Cloak and Dagger" Season 2 Throws Fresh Villains in the Mix and New Social Issues to Tackle," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of subject matter

1657, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subject matter

: the information or ideas that are discussed or dealt with in a book, movie, etc. : what something is about

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