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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In a thematic red, white, and blue colorway, Nike's Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July sneakers were set to be released on Monday, just in time for the national holiday. Gina Marinelli, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About the Nike 4th of July Sneaker Controversy," 3 July 2019 Blair Witch seems poised to split the difference between telling its own story and incorporating clear thematic and plot connections to the original film. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The new Blair Witch game will let you pet its dog," 17 June 2019 No Exit but with one exit, a trite thematic answer about realizing a foundational trauma: in the end, the tiniest doll at the center of the whole enterprise is Nadia’s troubled relationship with her mother. The New York Review of Books, "Daniel Drake," 25 Apr. 2019 The most obvious implication for the rest of the Fantastic Beasts series is thematic. Aja Romano, Vox, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s bonkers plot twist, explained," 17 Nov. 2018 While anchored in the comic book world, the show's eccentric characters, thematic complexity, eye-popping visual style, and disorienting plotting are worlds beyond conventional superhero tales. Greg Braxton,, "‘Legion’s’ Noah Hawley wants to build you more than an emotional roller coaster," 24 June 2019 Within five days, the thematic contemporary dance piece received over 8 million views, raising over $76,000 for the suicide-prevention group The Trevor Project in the process. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Pride: YouTubers Eugene Lee Yang, Elle Mills, and others discuss viral coming out videos," 19 June 2019 Many of the characters never meet, but their story lines converge in astonishing, thematic ways. Time, ""Review: The E.U. Is Unraveling. 'The Capital' Gets That Better Than Most"," 13 June 2019 Gibson is credited with reimagining the modern photo book, transforming it from its more illustrative, thematic approach to a deeply personal, artistic form where the sequence is based on free association rather than chronology or narrative. The New York Review of Books, "Carole Naggar," 25 May 2019

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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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