Definition of thematize in English:


(also thematise)


  • 1Present or select (a subject) as a theme.

    ‘Shelley's imagery is systematic whenever light is being thematized’
    • ‘Throughout the twentieth century language was thematized in Ireland.’
    • ‘But Colombo immediately thematises the narrator's sense of being a stranger in a strange land, which only heightens on his arrival in the U.S.’
    • ‘She thematizes language and the telling of one's own story by using jazz-influenced African American speech as an aesthetic device to unite collective memory and recollections with current realities.’
    • ‘Moreover, Joutel's text thematizes these problems of communication in complex, literary ways, in scenes that show how misunderstanding and prevarication were inescapable among the Frenchmen, not just between them and the natives.’
    • ‘Unlike any of these works, however, the books I want to examine here all explicitly thematize their structure.’
    • ‘The various stories thematize issues of colorism, marital betrayal, family strife, and poverty.’
    • ‘Sicily is depicted as a multiple reality in their novels, which thematise the complexity of Sicily and of being Sicilian.’
    • ‘The portrait thematizes and celebrates the very issues for which Boucher was criticized.’
    • ‘Condé's novel thus thematizes a crucial link between the experience of unresolved grief and the articulation of social and political grievances.’
    • ‘However, the Fogg portrait is remarkable because of the way in which it thematizes the performance of self-representation - the makeup of identity - in a considered and striking manner, as a form of art making.’
    • ‘The fate of system then becomes an event in the novel's narrative and can thus be thematized.’
    • ‘His lyrics thematize the painful rift between the private and public persona, the heartbreak that grows from a passionate romance that founders on the incomprehension or outright hostility of an insensitive culture.’
    • ‘Combining thematic and biographical approaches, this study will review the strategies gay and lesbian performers used to thematize their own difference.’
    • ‘But the novel also tells the story of the dissolution of satire; in it Waugh both thematizes and enacts the breakdown of the comic-ironic sensibility that characterizes his early work.’
    • ‘Thus, on some level, Verrocchio's design may also thematize the much-contested sense of touch and, indirectly, the art of sculpture itself.’
    • ‘I am aware of the fact that one can be deeply interested in power without expressly thematizing the topic and using the concept.’
    • ‘Through political protest, social movements capture the world's attention, thematize injustice, and articulate visions of freedom and equality beyond the bottom line.’
    • ‘His text thus thematizes the cultural and political limitations of racialized bio-politics, as well as its role in sustaining and, at the same time, slowly eroding colonial governance.’
    • ‘This passage explicitly thematizes the way human temporality is experienced as some form of spatial movement - how space transforms into time.’
    • ‘In contrast with the long tradition of sepulchral poetry that preceded it, the poem thematizes that eminently modern concept, the nation.’
    • ‘Once thematized sufficiently for his purposes, however, the topic was quickly abandoned by Descartes.’
    • ‘Not only does Nebreda explicitly thematise his own diagnosis as schizophrenic, but he also associates the bodily practices depicted throughout with schizophrenia.’
    1. 1.1Linguistics Place (a word or phrase) at the start of a sentence in order to focus attention on it.
      • ‘In a probe recall experiment, a word with a thematized referent was a better recall probe than a word with a non-thematized referent.’
      • ‘In the instances here, the adjunct in the first example and the complement in the second example are fronted or thematised.’