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theme

 
Noun theme has 5 senses
  1. subject, topic, theme - the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"
    --1 is a kind of message, content, subject matter, substance
    --1 has particulars: bone of contention; precedent; question, head; keynote
  2. theme, motif - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
    --2 is a kind of idea, thought
    --2 has particulars: topos
  3. theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
    --3 is a kind of tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase
    --3 has particulars: motif, motive; statement; variation
  4. composition, paper, report, theme - an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition"
    --4 is a kind of essay; written assignment, writing assignment
    --4 has particulars: term paper; incidental music
  5. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical - (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    --5 is a kind of form, word form, signifier, descriptor
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