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 thematic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of thematic in a Sentence

the thematic development in the story
Recent Examples on the Web All of these thematic ingredients come together in the pig. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 23 July 2021 Instead, many modern board games use their art and thematic trappings as decoration for the core puzzle, a way to look pretty on the shelf. Luke Winkie, The Atlantic, 22 July 2021 As a source of thematic material, the view from the political right lacks the same internal tension. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Fans might be bummed to see that no eyeshadows are available as of yet, though Jenner was never one to shy away from creating a custom or thematic palette. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 July 2021 The reveal is a gut-punch, and even though Eleanor didn’t lose a parent in the same way Devi did, there’s definitely a thematic and emotional through line here. Abby Govindan, Vulture, 15 July 2021 Now comes another one, a big, juicy, thought-through thematic sampler here at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. New York Times, 15 July 2021 But put aside this thematic jujitsu and what remains is an engrossing, lively and expertly crafted courtroom drama filled with colorful characters and having significant resonance for the present. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Its thematic concerns and adding of dimension to the trilogy’s story lift it above average genre fare. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Thematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thematic

: of or relating to a theme

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