the·​mat·​ic | \thi-ˈma-tik \

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 \ adverb

Examples of thematic in a Sentence

the thematic development in the story

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Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main The exhibition, which features over 80 paintings and drawings (including a few by fellow artists), is organized in a thematic and loosely chronological order. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘Mantegna and Bellini’ Review: A Family Affair," 3 Nov. 2018 Even if the seasons have thematic and tonal unity, there still is a major difference between them., "The Real-Life Origins Of The Rites & Rituals Seen In The Handmaid's Tale," 9 May 2018 Matters are not helped by the races, which might again be tremendously thematic for the average Gloomhaven player but which feel completely divorced from anything that anyone else might know. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Review: Founders of Gloomhaven groans beneath its own weight," 22 Sep. 2018 The trailer introduces Jack and his murderous methods, as well as sets up what appears to be the movie's thematic link between killing and creativity. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Matt Dillon Is Murderous in First Trailer for Lars Von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built'," 14 May 2018 De la Pava is certainly interested in the workings of the human brain, and that offers a timely thematic link to big-time football, in which human brains are considered a kind of depreciation expense. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "A Public Defender’s Polyphonic Novel of Football and Social Justice," 30 Apr. 2018 Three choreographers come together to present seven works with a thematic focus on female empowerment. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "7 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 10 May 2018 Gaming is one of the thematic regions, along with identity on the web, the impact of emerging technologies, surveillance and the darker side of the web and corporate impact. Steve Johnson,, "MCA's new 'I Was Raised on the Internet' exhibition asks what the web has done to us," 2 July 2018 The Milwaukee Brewers gave a fittingly humorous nod to their Hall of Fame radio broadcaster in a thematic dress-up occasion on the Sunday flight to Pittsburgh. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Uecker Trip' dress-up theme the latest in great Brewers airplane attire," 18 June 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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