Etymology
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topic (n.)

1630s, "a class of considerations from which probable arguments can be drawn," singular form of "Topics" (1560s), the name of a work by Aristotle on logical and rhetorical generalities, from Latin Topica, from Greek Ta Topika, literally "matters concerning topoi," "commonplaces," neuter plural of noun use of topikos "pertaining to a common place, of a place, local," from topos "place" (see topos). The meaning "matter treated in speech or writing, subject, theme" is first recorded 1720.

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Definitions of topic

topic (n.)
the subject matter of a conversation or discussion;
it was a very sensitive topic
Synonyms: subject / theme
topic (n.)
some situation or event that is thought about;
he kept drifting off the topic
Synonyms: subject / issue / matter
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