Synonyms of theme
1 motifDictionary • The need to strengthen the family has become a recurrent theme.
motif • the motif of magical apples in fairytales
leitmotif • The song's title could serve as a leitmotif for her life.
2 subjectDictionary • The novel's central theme is the conflict between men and women.
subject • It was I who first raised the subject of plastic surgery.
topic • They offer tips on topics such as home safety.
matter • This conflict forms the matter of the play.
text • His work served as the text of secret debates.
thesis • His central thesis is that crime is up because children do not learn self-control.
keynote • the keynotes of their foreign policy
gist • He related the gist of his conversation to us.
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• Write a composition on the subject `What I Did on My Holidays'.
dissertationA dissertation is a long formal piece of writing on a particular subject, especially for a university degree.
• He is currently writing a dissertation.
• He was asked to write an essay about his home town.
Thesaurus for theme from the Collins English Thesaurus
an idea or topic expanded in a discourse, discussion, etc