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top·ic

 (tŏp′ĭk)
n.
1. The subject of a speech, essay, thesis, or discourse.
2. A subject of discussion or conversation.
3. A subdivision of a theme, thesis, or outline. See Synonyms at subject.
4. Linguistics A word or phrase in a sentence, usually providing information from previous discourse or shared knowledge, that the rest of the sentence elaborates or comments on. Also called theme.

[Obsolete topic, rhetorical argument, sing. of Topics, title of a work by Aristotle, from Latin Topica, from Greek Topika, commonplaces, from neuter pl. of topikos, of a place, from topos, place.]

topic

(ˈtɒpɪk)
n
1. a subject or theme of a speech, essay, book, etc
2. a subject of conversation; item of discussion
3. (Logic) (in rhetoric, logic, etc) a category or class of arguments or ideas which may be drawn on to furnish proofs
[C16: from Latin topica translating Greek ta topika, literally: matters relating to commonplaces, title of a treatise by Aristotle, from topoi, pl of topos place, commonplace]

top•ic

(ˈtɒp ɪk)

n.
1. a subject of conversation or discussion.
2. the subject or theme of a discourse or of one of its parts.
3. Also called theme. the part of a sentence that announces the item about which the rest of the sentence communicates information.Compare comment (def. 5).
[1560–70; < Latin topica (pl.) < Greek () topiká name of work by Aristotle (literally, (things) pertaining to commonplaces), derivative of tópos commonplace; see topo-]
syn: See subject.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.topic - the subject matter of a conversation or discussiontopic - the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
bone of contention - the subject of a dispute; "the real bone of contention, as you know, is money"
precedent - a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
question, head - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
keynote - the principal theme in a speech or literary work
2.topic - some situation or event that is thought abouttopic - some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
area - a subject of study; "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include..."
blind spot - a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment; "golf is one of his blind spots and he's proud of it"
remit - the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with; "they set up a group with a remit to suggest ways for strengthening family life"
res adjudicata, res judicata - a matter already settled in court; cannot be raised again

topic

noun subject, point, question, issue, matter, theme, text, thesis, subject matter They offer tips on topics such as home safety.

topic

noun
What a speech, piece of writing, or artistic work is about:
Translations
مَوْضوعمَوْضُوع
témanámětpředmět
emne
aihe
tema
téma
efni
話題
주제
aktualiaiaktualus
temats
ämnesamtalsämne
หัวข้อ
chủ đề

topic

[ˈtɒpɪk] Ntema m, asunto m

topic

[ˈtɒpɪk] nsujet m
The essay can be on any topic → Cette dissertation peut être sur n'importe quel sujet.

topic

nThema nt; topic of conversationGesprächsthema nt

topic

[ˈtɒpɪk] n (of conversation) → argomento; (of essay) → soggetto

topic

(ˈtopik) noun
something spoken or written about; a subject. They discussed the weather and other topics.
ˈtopical adjective
of interest at the present time.
ˈtopically adverb

topic

مَوْضُوع téma emne Thema θέμα συζήτησης tema aihe sujet tema argomento 話題 주제 onderwerp emne temat tópico тема ämne หัวข้อ konu chủ đề 话题
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A close observer might have gathered that the topic was distasteful; but the doctor carried it off gaily.
It, too, came finally to rest on the last topic, that is, ill-natured gossip.
He was evidently satisfied with the frankness of my story, which I told in concise sentences enough, for I felt horribly weak; and when it was finished he reverted at once to the topic of Natural History and his own biological studies.
From speaking of books in general, he passed to different books in particular, and proceeded by rapid transitions from topic to topic, till several matters, both of taste and opinion, had been discussed considerably within the space of half an hour, but without the embellishment of many observations from himself; he being evidently less bent upon communicating his own thoughts and predilections, than on discovering mine.
He tried a topic more nearly connected with his own interests; the topic of the future.
Any discussion submitted, either orally or in writing, may consist of a rather general treatment, dealing briefly with several topics; or it may be a fuller treatment of a single topic.
It has always been a common topic of popular discussion whether animals "think.
My mind got a start by and by, and began to consider the beginning of every subject which has ever been thought of; but it never went further than the beginning; it was touch and go; it fled from topic to topic with a frantic speed.
The sad accident at Lyme was soon the prevailing topic, and on comparing their latest accounts of the invalid, it appeared that each lady dated her intelligence from the same hour of yestermorn; that Captain Wentworth had been in Kellynch yesterday (the first time since the accident), had brought Anne the last note, which she had not been able to trace the exact steps of; had staid a few hours and then returned again to Lyme, and without any present intention of quitting it any more.
It will perhaps be a less dangerous topic for us to discuss than more recent ones.
She would wait, and if she got the opportunity next day she would lead Harold Denver himself on to this topic.
While the topic of the Countess's marriage was still the one topic of conversation, a member of the club entered the smoking-room whose appearance instantly produced a dead silence.