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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 thematically
  • And all my work--past and present--is thematically linked by the thread of history.
  • The exhibition organizes the portraits, thematically, in the galleries.
  • The works are arranged thematically in loosely chronological order.
  • Gumbo might be an over-used comparison, but it's a thematically appropriate one in this case.
  • It has affected my interest, thematically, in board games.
  • Nothing about the story is dramatically necessary or thematically interesting.
  • The program was typical of the festival's thoughtful, thematically unified presentations.
  • But they can be generally forgiven for a thematically articulate film.
  • Stockpile thematically related tweets in these custom folders.
  • The interesting thing is that a poem would appear that had real coherence, even thematically.
British Dictionary definitions for thematically


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 thematically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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