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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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Nevertheless, time went on; a kind of intimacy, as we have said, grew up between these two cultivated minds, which had as wide a field as the whole sphere of human thought and study to meet upon; they discussed every topic of ethics and religion, of public affairs, and private character; they talked much, on both sides, of matters that seemed personal to themselves; and yet no secret, such as the physician fancied must exist there, ever stole out of the minister's consciousness into his companion's ear.
I do not suppose that for the world they would have profaned that moment with the slightest observation, even upon so neutral a topic as the weather.
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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.
It became the absorbing topic of village talk immediately.
This topic was discussed very happily, and others succeeded of similar moment, and passed away with similar harmony; but the evening did not close without a little return of agitation.
I am willing to amuse you, if I can, sir--quite willing; but I cannot introduce a topic, because how do I know what will interest you?
The only noticeable result of the interview, when they presented themselves at the breakfast-table, appeared in the marked silence which they both maintained on the topic of the theatrical performance.
I wonder,' said Peggotty, who was sometimes seized with a fit of wondering on some most unexpected topic, 'what's become of Davy's great-aunt?
Let me introduce the topic, Handel, by mentioning that in London it is not the custom to put the knife in the mouth - for fear of accidents - and that while the fork is reserved for that use, it is not put further in than necessary.