the·​mat·​ic | \ thi-ˈma-tik How to pronounce thematic (audio) \

Definition of thematic

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a theme
2a : of or relating to the stem of a word
b of a vowel : being the last part of a word stem before an inflectional ending

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Other Words from thematic

thematically \ thi-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce thematically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of thematic in a Sentence

the thematic development in the story

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Layered bracelets and mixed metals with splashes of ocean blue are thematic and fit into the collectible approach of summertime jewelry stacking (and don't need to be all puka shells—luxe stones take things up a notch). Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 Instead, he is expected to appeal to thematic blocs in Congress, such as the vast number of evangelical Christians, or those allied to agribusiness and large landowners. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil’s Bolsonaro Is Sworn In as President, Marking Rightward Shift," 1 Jan. 2019 Here, the composer’s sophisticated sense of instrumental shading could be as richly savored as his deft handling of thematic development. Tim Smith,, "John Williams makes electrifying return to BSO, shares podium with Marin Alsop," 14 June 2018 More than 100 thematic ETFs have closed this year, across a broad range of themes. Tanzeel Akhtar, WSJ, "Thematic ETFs Are the Rage—Until They Fail," 9 Dec. 2018 Each of the show’s eight thematic sections stresses a different progression of style, materials, emotional keys, social circumstances and degrees of reality. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Real, or Too Real? A Dazzling Show Goes the Way of All Flesh," 22 Mar. 2018 The pup even has its own Instagram (@diariesofdiana), where Chopra can’t help but upload images of her dog in thematic ensembles, such as this recent Christmas sweater. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Takes Twinning to the Next Level With Her Adorable Puppy," 16 Dec. 2018 For example, AllianceBernstein sold Facebook from some portfolios last November, based partly on concerns about consumer data privacy, said Dan Roarty, chief investment officer of thematic and sustainable equities at AllianceBernstein. Erin Arvedlund,, "Here's your chance to question SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. He's speaking at Temple on Wed., May 2," 30 Apr. 2018 That thematic work means that Greg’s recasting doesn’t just feel like the show is bowing to the external pressures of making television and simply making the best of a bad situation. Constance Grady, Vox, "How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pulled off recasting Greg, one of its biggest characters," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of thematic

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thematic

Greek thematikos, from themat-, thema theme

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: of or relating to a theme

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