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[thee-mat-ik] /θiˈmæt ɪk/
of or relating to a theme.
  1. (of a word or words) of, relating to, or producing a theme or themes.
  2. (of a vowel) pertaining to the theme or stem: the thematic vowel ends the stem and precedes the inflectional ending of a word form, as i in Latin audiō “I hear.”.
Origin of thematic
1690-1700; < Greek thematikós, equiv. to themat- (stem of théma) theme + -ikos -ic
Related forms
thematically, adverb
nonthematic, adjective
nonthematically, adverb
unthematic, adjective
unthematically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thematic
  • The curriculum and faculty expertise in the department focus around four thematic areas.
  • Remind students that the temperature and population density maps they have seen are examples of thematic maps.
  • No attempt was made to fabricate thematic arcs, yet such arcs emerge.
  • Truthfully, for sheer thematic glory, that's probably still a winner.
  • Long before the current rage for thematic programming, often of a heavy-handed and superficial kind, subtler strains flourished.
  • The sequence is both interdisciplinary and thematic.
  • Or you can go truly thematic and match the lyrics to the menu.
  • One interesting thematic element, though, is that each player has a historian card which shows one type of artifact.
  • Museum shops seem inspired, rather than constrained by thematic limitations and the budgets of nonprofit organizations.
  • The successful candidate will teach introductory world religions courses as well as upper-level undergraduate thematic seminars.
British Dictionary definitions for thematic


of, relating to, or consisting of a theme or themes
(linguistics) denoting a word that is the theme of a sentence
  1. denoting a vowel or other sound or sequence of sounds that occurs between the root of a word and any inflectional or derivational suffixes
  2. of or relating to the stem or root of a word
(grammar) a thematic vowel: ``-o-'' is a thematic in the combining form ``psycho-''
Derived Forms
thematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for thematic

1690s, from Greek thematikos, from thema (see theme). Related: Thematically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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