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Another word for theme

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Noun
  1. What a speech, piece of writing, or artistic work is about

      1. One such consideration or argument
      2. (Linguistics) A word or phrase in a sentence, usually providing information from previous discourse or shared knowledge, that the rest of the sentence elaborates or comments on.
      3. A subject for discussion or conversation
      1. A passage from a written work used as the starting point of a discussion.
      2. Any topic or subject dealt with
      3. The principal matter on a printed or written page, as distinguished from notes, headings, illustrations, etc.
      1. Matter under consideration in a written work or speech; a theme.
      2. The matter or thought presented for consideration in some statement or discussion; that which is made the object of thought or study.
      3. Alternative form of subject matter.
      1. A person under the authority or control of another; esp., a person owing allegiance to a particular ruler, government, etc.
      2. A person or animal that is the object of medical or scientific study:
      3. One concerning which something is said or done; a person or thing being discussed or dealt with:
      1. (Printing) A measuring unit for type bodies and printed matter, equal to about172 of an inch: there are 12 points in a pica
      2. The interval of time immediately before a given occurrence; the verge:
      3. A specified degree, condition, or limit, as in a scale or course:
      1. A type of such substance:
      2. A subject of concern, feeling, or action:
      3. What all (material) things are made of; whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the senses in some way: in modern physics, matter and energy are regarded as equivalents, mutually convertible according to Einstein's formula, E = mc2 (i.e., energy equals mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light); in dualistic thinking, matter is regarded as the opposite of mind, spirit, etc.
      1. A short statement of subject matter, or a brief synopsis of a plot; summary
      2. A topic; a subject:
      3. (--- Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
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  2. A relatively brief discourse written especially as an exercise

      1. Short-term debt instruments, especially commercial paper.
      2. A wrapper made of paper, often with its contents:
      3. A single piece or sheet of paper
      1. A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.
      2. A proposed design for a new postage stamp or piece of paper money
      3. A short literary composition of an analytical, interpretive, or reflective kind, dealing with its subject in a nontechnical, limited, often unsystematic way and, usually, expressive of the author's outlook and personality
      1. An agreement, or settlement, often by compromise, as by the creditors of a potential bankrupt
      2. The putting together of words, esp. in a correct and effective way; art of writing
      3. (Law) A settlement whereby the creditors of a debtor about to enter bankruptcy agree, in return for some financial consideration, usually proffered immediately, to the discharge of their respective claims on receipt of payment which is in a lesser amount than that actually owed on the claim.
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  3. The main part of a word to which affixes are attached

      1. (--- Music) The vertical line extending from the head of a note.
      2. A supporting structure resembling the stalk of a plant.
      3. The main upward-growing axis of a plant, having nodes and bearing leaves, usually extending in a direction opposite to that of the root and above the ground, and serving to support the plant and to transport and store food materials; specif., the main stalk or trunk of a tree, shrub, or other plant, from which leaves, flowers, and fruit develop
      1. (Linguis.) The fundamental element of a word or form, exclusive of all affixes and inflectional phonetic changes
      2. The part of a plant, usually below the ground, that lacks nodes, shoots, and leaves, holds the plant in position, draws water and nourishment from the soil, and stores food
      3. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.
      1. (Chem.) Any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
      2. A basic or underlying element; infrastructure:
      3. (Linguis.) Any morpheme to which prefixes, suffixes, etc. are or can be added; stem or root
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Another word for theme

Noun
  1. A subject

      1. (Sports) The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.
      2. Special capability:
      3. Things grouped together or viewed in a certain way
      1. A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture; ragstone.
      2. Anything considered to resemble a rag in appearance or in lack of value
      3. (Poker slang) A card that appears to help no one.
      1. One's trade, occupation, or field of interest:
      2. A row or series of persons or things of a particular kind
      3. A sequence of related things that leads to a certain ending:
      1. Something one thinks, knows, or imagines; a thought; mental conception or image; notion
      2. A sense that something can happen; a notion or expectation:
      3. (Philos.) According to Plato, any of the unchanging, eternal, intelligible models or archetypes of which all material things are only imperfect imitations and from which their existence derives: in modern philosophy, used variously to mean the immediate object of thought, absolute truth, etc.
      1. The intellectual activity or production of a particular time or group:
      2. A result of thinking; idea, concept, opinion, etc.
      3. The faculty of thinking or reasoning:
      1. A set of reasons or supporting facts; an argument:
      2. (Linguistics) In traditional grammar, a distinct form of a noun, pronoun, or modifier that is used to express one or more particular syntactic relationships to other words in a sentence.
      3. A question or problem; a matter:
      1. A specified degree, condition, or limit, as in a scale or course:
      2. A significant, outstanding, or effective idea, argument, or suggestion:
      3. The main idea, striking feature, or effective twist of a joke, story, etc.
      1. An incidental action performed by an actor on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide interesting detail.
      2. Serious work or endeavor:
      3. Something involving one personally:
      1. Any matter, occurrence, or thing
      2. An amorous relationship between two people not married to each other, esp. when at least one person is married to or involved with someone else
      3. A thing to be done; business
      1. Something that is asked; interrogative sentence, as in seeking to learn or in testing another's knowledge; query
      2. A problem; matter open to discussion or inquiry
      3. A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem:
      1. A question proposed for solution or consideration
      2. A misgiving, objection, or complaint:
      3. A situation, matter, or person that is hard to deal with or understand:
      1. Alternative form of subject matter.
      2. Matter under consideration in a written work or speech; a theme.
      3. The thing or things considered in a book, course of instruction, discussion, etc.
      1. Any passage, book, etc. used to support one's stand or as thematic material, etc.
      2. Something, usually a piece of writing, regarded as an object of analysis or interpretation
      3. The body of a printed work as distinct from headings and illustrative matter on a page or from front and back matter in a book.
      1. A hypothetical proposition, especially one put forth without proof.
      2. A formal and lengthy research paper, esp. a work of original research written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree
      3. A dissertation advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree.
      1. A set of statements in which one follows logically as a conclusion from the others.
      2. (Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
      3. (--- Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
      1. A matter to be dealt with; a task:
      2. (Informal) A proposed deal, as in business
      3. (Informal) A person, problem, undertaking, etc. being or to be dealt with
      1. The subject of a paragraph, essay, speech, etc.
      2. One such consideration or argument
      3. (Linguistics) A word or phrase in a sentence, usually providing information from previous discourse or shared knowledge, that the rest of the sentence elaborates or comments on.
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  2. A recurrent melody

      1. (Obs.) A sound or tone
      2. (Music) A melody, especially a simple and easily remembered one.
      3. A succession of musical tones forming a rhythmic, catchy whole; melody; air
      1. A distinctive quality or appearance; an aura:
      2. The general environment or condition, as in attitudes and ideas:
      3. Compressed air
      1. A wrench, twist, or other physical injury resulting from excessive tension, effort, or use.
      2. A passage of music; tune; air
      3. (Music) A passage of expression; a tune or an air:
      1. The thing stated; account, declaration, assertion, etc.
      2. An abstract of a commercial or financial account showing an amount due; a bill.
      3. An overall impression or mood intended to be communicated, especially by means other than words:
      1. A postage stamp that is part of a thematic collection
      2. (Brit.) Any stamp of a thematic collection
      1. A dominant theme or underlying pattern
      2. A short, recurring musical phrase or theme, esp. as used in Wagnerian opera to represent a given character, emotion, etc.
      3. A melodic passage or phrase, especially in Wagnerian opera, associated with a specific character, situation, or element.
      1. A recurring or dominant element; a theme.
      2. A main theme or subject to be elaborated on or developed, as in a piece of music or a book
      3. A recurrent pattern either of molecular sequence, usually of nucleotides or amino acids in proteins, or of molecular structure that usually corresponds to specific biological activity.
      1. A motif in art, literature, or music.
      2. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
      3. Some inner drive, impulse, intention, etc. that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way; incentive; goal
      1. The leading part, or voice, in a harmonic composition; the air
      2. The element of form having to do with the arrangement of single tones in sequence
      3. (Music) A sequence of single tones, usually in the same key or mode, to produce a rhythmic whole; often, a tune, air, or song
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    song

  3. A short composition

      1. The thing stated; account, declaration, assertion, etc.
      2. An abstract of a commercial or financial account showing an amount due; a bill.
      3. A formal oral or written declaration, especially with regard to facts or claims:
      1. A statement or an account describing something:
      2. The act, process, art, or technique of describing or picturing in words
      3. A statement or passage that describes
      1. A formal and lengthy discourse or treatise on some subject, esp. one based on original research and written in partial fulfillment of requirements for a doctorate
      1. A substantial piece of academic writing, usually done as a requirement for a class, in which the author does independent research into a topic and writes a description of the findings of that research.
      1. A long paper or report assigned to be written by a student in a course during a school or college term
      2. A lengthy piece of written work required of a student on a topic drawn from the subject matter of a course of study.
      3. A substantial research paper written by a student over an academic term or semester which accounts for a large amount of a grade and makes up much of the course.
      1. A wrapper made of paper, often with its contents:
      2. A written examination, report, theme, etc.
      3. Short-term debt instruments, especially commercial paper.
      1. A spoken or written account of an event, usually presented in detail:
      2. A formal account of the proceedings or transactions of a group:
      3. An explosive noise:
      1. A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.
      2. A testing or trial of the value or nature of a thing:
      3. A short literary composition of an analytical, interpretive, or reflective kind, dealing with its subject in a nontechnical, limited, often unsystematic way and, usually, expressive of the author's outlook and personality