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1 a major object of interest or concern (as in a discussion or artistic composition)
  • this dance piece deals with the timeless themes of birth and death

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2 a short piece of writing done as a school exercise
  • please write a one page theme on the main character of this book

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3 a short piece of writing typically expressing a point of view
  • the magazine will award a scholarship to the student who writes the best theme on the concept of personal freedom

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The first known use of theme was in the 14th century

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“Theme.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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