from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The implicit meaning or theme of a literary text.
- n. The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text and interpreted by an actor in performance.
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- n. The implicit meaning of a text, often a literary one, or a speech or dialogue.
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