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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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Round the samovar and the hostess the conversation had been meanwhile vacillating in just the same way between three inevitable topics: the latest piece of public news, the theater, and scandal.
In addition to the special questions here included, the treatment of the various authors in the text often suggests topics for further consideration; and of course the material of the preliminary chapter is assumed.
Those indeed of more modern date, seem all to be written on the same three topics, viz., an abuse of the taste of the town, a condemnation of all contemporary authors, and an eulogium on the performance just about to be represented.
He confined the knowledge of governing within very narrow bounds, to common sense and reason, to justice and lenity, to the speedy determination of civil and criminal causes; with some other obvious topics, which are not worth considering.
She was actually forced to exert herself to meet Lady Russell with anything like the appearance of equal solicitude, on topics which had by nature the first claim on her.
He had talked to her more than once on the serious topics of life, on his aspirations, on what a man could do to leave the world better for his presence.
In protracted expectation of the weather clearing up, the last evening paper from London was read and re-read with an intensity of interest only known in cases of extreme destitution; every inch of the carpet was walked over with similar perseverance; the windows were looked out of, often enough to justify the imposition of an additional duty upon them; all kinds of topics of conversation were started, and failed; and at length Mr.
Reverting to our ordinary topics of conversation, we touched on the subject (always interesting to my mother) of my visit to Shetland.
And Johnny, like a true host, made the tactful remarks that enabled us to find mutual topics of conversation.
Later it was confirmed and solidified when Wilson proposed that out of courtesy to the strangers the usual topics be put aside and the hour be devoted to conversation upon ordinary subjects and the cultivation of friendly relations and good-fellowship--a proposition which was put to vote and carried.
A close observer might have gathered that the topic was distasteful; but the doctor carried it off gaily.
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.