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theme

theme

 
 
pronunciation:
thim
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the central topic of a speech, discourse, sermon, essay, or other literary work.
One of the novel's themes was the power of hope.The need for change was the major theme of the candidate's speech.
synonyms:
subject, topic
similar words:
argument, concept, gist, idea, intent, keynote, meaning, message, notion, point, text
definition 2: a short essay or composition, esp. as a scholastic writing exercise.
The students were asked to write a theme about the importance of art within a society.
synonyms:
composition, essay
similar words:
disquisition, monograph, opinion, thesis, tractate, treatise
definition 3: a main melody on which a musical composition is based.
The theme returns one last time at the end of the piece.
synonyms:
leitmotif, motif
similar words:
melody, passage, refrain, strain, tune
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