subject matter

noun

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 included everything from Shakespeare to baseball to Kushner’s grim but compassionate story of a woman inmate in a Bay Area facility. Hillel Italie, The Seattle Times, "Rachel Kushner among finalists for book critics prizes," 22 Jan. 2019 This might sound like a social deduction game, the kind with design principles that favor larger groups (as seen in Mondo's take on the same subject matter). Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Who Goes There?: The Thing returns to the tabletop," 18 Aug. 2018 The Times talked to showrunner Brian Yorkey about the new season andand the timeliness of the subject matter. . Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "'13 Reasons Why' wades deeper into controversial territory in Season 2," 17 May 2018 The subject matter is depressing, but the storytelling is addicting — like good, page-turning pulp. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind," 9 Nov. 2018 The subject matter is heavy — this is no stocking stuffer. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Of course, with this subject matter, there are a lot of ways things could eventually go, which makes it all a bit more intriguing. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: The Predator, True Detective, and more," 1 Sep. 2018 Jeff Goodell’s book The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World often reads like dystopian science fiction, but its subject matter is all too real. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 For all its restrictions, this is a game that nails its subject matter. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 2018

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1657, in the meaning defined above

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subject matter

noun

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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