thematic

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web The game possesses plenty of thematic power and features quieter sequences of grace and tranquility. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Last of Us Part II Tests the Limits of Video-Game Violence," 1 July 2020 Using the website, users can zoom and pan around different thematic geoscience web maps of the region and even generate custom maps of their own. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Lost Continent of Zealandia Disappeared Millions of Years Ago — but These New Maps Show It in Stunning Detail," 24 June 2020 There are colorful costumes, otherworldly music videos, and even a half-baked thematic gimmick. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Lady Gaga Is Back and Smaller Than Ever," 1 June 2020 There’s some fascinating thematic meat to the story, which looks at how humans have commandeered the environment, rather than adapting to it – and how that incursion can have lethal consequences. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Review: 'World War Z' author Max Brooks wreaks havoc with Bigfoot in 'Devolution'," 16 June 2020 In its depiction of the Ku Klux Klan as American heroes, the film’s formal devices, narrative strategies, and thematic motifs sensationalize and champion white mob violence in response to enfranchised black masses. Samantha N. Sheppard, The Atlantic, "The Films That Understand Why People Riot," 9 June 2020 Its thematic sections emphasize aligned groups in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles who include Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Roy DeCarava, David Hammons, Lorraine O’Grady and Faith Ringgold. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston museum scrambles to open ‘Soul of A Nation’," 9 June 2020 Those novels are light and quite fun, but with Fingerpost, Pears attains a whole new level of thematic complexity. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars’ summer reading guide for our very surreal summer," 24 May 2020 Also, the thematic hook of his work is its psychology-noir, his ability to draw the listener into the inner world of the damned and the crazed, a tricky business onstage. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "MC 900 FT Jesus performs in the Lizard Lounge’s parking lot in ’92," 21 May 2020

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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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The first known use of thematic was in 1697

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18 Jul 2020

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“Thematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thematic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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thematic

adjective
How to pronounce thematic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thematic

: of or relating to a theme

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