Definition of thematize in English:


(British thematise)


[with object]
  • 1Present or select (a subject) as a theme.

    ‘Shelley's imagery is systematic whenever light is being thematized’
    • ‘The fate of system then becomes an event in the novel's narrative and can thus be thematized.’
    • ‘This passage explicitly thematizes the way human temporality is experienced as some form of spatial movement - how space transforms into time.’
    • ‘Through political protest, social movements capture the world's attention, thematize injustice, and articulate visions of freedom and equality beyond the bottom line.’
    • ‘The various stories thematize issues of colorism, marital betrayal, family strife, and poverty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout the twentieth century language was thematized in Ireland.’
    • ‘Combining thematic and biographical approaches, this study will review the strategies gay and lesbian performers used to thematize their own difference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am aware of the fact that one can be deeply interested in power without expressly thematizing the topic and using the concept.’
    • ‘Unlike any of these works, however, the books I want to examine here all explicitly thematize their structure.’
    • ‘Condé's novel thus thematizes a crucial link between the experience of unresolved grief and the articulation of social and political grievances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In contrast with the long tradition of sepulchral poetry that preceded it, the poem thematizes that eminently modern concept, the nation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, on some level, Verrocchio's design may also thematize the much-contested sense of touch and, indirectly, the art of sculpture itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once thematized sufficiently for his purposes, however, the topic was quickly abandoned by Descartes.’
    • ‘The portrait thematizes and celebrates the very issues for which Boucher was criticized.’
    • ‘Not only does Nebreda explicitly thematise his own diagnosis as schizophrenic, but he also associates the bodily practices depicted throughout with schizophrenia.’
    • ‘Sicily is depicted as a multiple reality in their novels, which thematise the complexity of Sicily and of being Sicilian.’
    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.’