Definition of rheme in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēm/


The part of a clause that gives information about the theme. Compare with focus and theme.
Example sentences
  • It is structured as a series of messages consisting of what Halliday calls themes and rhemes.
  • Many of the basic concepts employed in the Prague School functional analyses such as theme/rheme, topic/comment, and given/new do not seem to be clearly defined.
  • The purpose of scanning a scene in this manner is to pick out details and their relations to one another (themes and rhemes).


Late 19th century: from Greek rhēma 'that which is said'.

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Syllabification: rheme

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