Synonyms of subject
1 topicDictionary • It was I who first raised the subject of plastic surgery.
topic • They offer tips on topics such as home safety.
question • The whole question of aid is a tricky political one.
issue • Is it right for the Church to express a view on political issues?
matter • It was a private matter.
point • You have missed the main point of my argument.
business • Parenting can be a stressful business.
affair • The government has mishandled the whole affair.
theme • The novel's central theme is the conflict between men and women.
substance • The substance of his discussions doesn't really matter.
field of inquiry or reference
2 branch of study • a tutor in maths and science subjects
branch of study
area • She wanted to be involved in every area of my life.
field • They are both experts in their field.
discipline • appropriate topics for the new discipline of political science
speciality • His speciality was the history of Germany.
branch of knowledge
3 participantDictionary • Subjects in the study were forced to follow a modified diet.
case • Expensive hospital cases are monitored by a case manager.
patient • He specialized in the treatment of cancer patients.
client • The company requires clients to pay substantial fees in advance.
guinea pig (informal)
4 citizenDictionary • Roughly half of them are British subjects.
citizen • football hooligans who terrorized citizens after the match
resident • Ten per cent of residents live below the poverty line.
native • He was a native of France.
inhabitant • the inhabitants of Glasgow
national • He is in fact a British national and passport holder.
5 dependantDictionary • His subjects regard him as a great and wise monarch.
dependant • They raise funds to help ex-service personnel and their dependants.
subordinate • Nearly all her subordinates adored her.
underling (derogatory) • underlings who do the dirty work
vassal • the vassal's oath of homage to his lord
subordinateDictionary • colonies and other subject territories
subordinate • Sixty of his subordinate officers followed his example.
inferior • the inferior status of women in many societies
captive • Her heart had begun to pound inside her chest like a captive animal.
obedient • a sweet, obedient little girl
subservient • Her willingness to be subservient to her children isolated her.
PHRASE:▷ subject to
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affairIf an event or a series of events has been mentioned and you want to talk about it again, you can refer to it as the affair.
• The government has mishandled the whole affair.
areaYou can use area to refer to a particular subject or topic, or to a particular part of a larger, more general situation or activity.
• She wanted to be involved in every area of my life.
businessYou can use business when describing a task that is unpleasant in some way. For example, if you say that doing something is a costly business, you mean that it costs a lot.
• Parenting can be a stressful business.
Thesaurus for subject from the Collins English Thesaurus
the predominant theme or topic, as of a book, discussion, etc
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