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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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 Where the show struggles is that its story about the series-within-a-series doesn’t have any real thematic connection to the meatier character material. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "GLOW season 2 is less than the sum of its parts. But those parts are amazing.," 29 June 2018 The editing pace quickens and thematic elements emerge in a repeating montage that includes Wojnarowicz sewing his mouth shut and a crucifix spattered with blood and crawling with ants. Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: Prison reform, computer games, gay marriage, silent Super 8," 21 June 2018 As the genre grew in popularity, art directors began to elevate their styles by bringing on artists such as Franco Grignani, Richard Powers, and David Pelham, who translated the thematic content of the books into abstract art. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "This video shows how surrealist cover art gave us the sci-fi genre we know today," 18 May 2018 Scorpion is exhausting and overstuffed, an album dry on thematic audacity. Jason Parham, WIRED, "With Scorpion, #DrakeSZN Is Back—as Overwrought as Ever," 2 July 2018 The marathon will be thematic, with a focus on the relationship between Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki), which will be a storyline on that night’s ABC episode. Matthew Gilbert,, "And now, even more ‘Roseanne’!," 10 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, the evening also comes off as self-indulgent, lacking the thematic depth that would elevate it into something more than an account of personal suffering. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'In the Body of the World': Theater Review," 7 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of thematic

: of or relating to a theme

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