theme has definitions from the fields of fine art,writing,linguistics,education,music
[ noun ] the subject matter of a conversation or discussion


subject topic


"he didn't want to discuss that subject" "it was a very sensitive topic" "his letters were always on the theme of love"

Used in print


In all the bitter in-fighting , the squabbles over election procedures , the complicated numbers_game that East and West played on the assistant secretaries ' theme , the gentleman from Burma showed himself both as a man of principle and a skilled diplomat .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

In a certain perfectly definite way , the method and the theme of his stories are one_and_the_same .

In method as_well_as in theme this little anecdote with its details selected as much for expressiveness and allegory as for `` realism '' , anticipates a kind of musical_composition , as_well as a kind of fictional composition , in which , as Leverku^hn says , `` there shall be nothing unthematic '' .

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

She wrote again and now , abandoning for_the_moment the theme of love , she asked for help in the matter of her career .

[ noun ] (fine art,writing) a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work




"it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"

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(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)

Almost nothing is said of Charles ' spectacular victories , the central theme being the heroic loyalty of the Swedish people to their idolized king in misfortune and defeat .

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

Frequently enough , the police are themselves in_league_with the killer ; Dashiell_Hammett 's Red_Harvest provides a classic example of_this theme .

The first of two possible variations on this theme is symbolized by Mickey_Spillane 's Mike_Hammer .

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

An idea , let us say , may be roughly defined as a theme or topic with which our reflection may be concerned .

Again , he may discover embodied within its texture a theme or idea that has been presented elsewhere and at other times in various ways .

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idea topos

[ noun ] (music,fine art) melodic subject of a musical composition


"the theme is announced in the first measures" "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"

[ noun ] (writing,education) an essay (especially one written as an assignment)


"he got an A on his composition"

[ verb ] provide with a particular theme or motive


"the restaurant often themes its menus"

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[ noun ] (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed


"thematic vowels are part of the stem"

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