Theme vs Purport - What's the difference?

theme | purport |

As nouns the difference between theme and purport

is that theme is theme, topic while purport is import, intention or purpose.

As a verb purport is

to convey, imply, or profess outwardly (often falsely).




(en noun)
  • A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
  • A recurring idea; a motif.
  • (music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
  • (film, television) A song, or a snippet of a song, that identifies a film, a TV program, a character, etc. by playing at the appropriate time.
  • (computing, figuratively) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.
  • (grammar) The stem of a word
  • (linguistics) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb
  • (linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.
  • (linguistics) Topic, what is generally being talked about, as opposed to rheme
  • A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.
  • Verb

  • (computing) To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).
  • purport



    (en verb)
  • To convey, imply, or profess outwardly (often falsely).
  • He purports himself to be an international man of affairs.
  • To intend.
  • He purported to become an international man of affairs.


    (en noun)
  • import, intention or purpose
  • * 1748 ,
  • My practice, you say, refutes my doubts. But you mistake the purport of my question.
  • * 1843 , '', book 4, chapter I, ''Aristocracies
  • Sorrowful, phantasmal as this same Double Aristocracy of Teachers and Governors now looks, it is worth all men’s while to know that the purport of it is, and remains, noble and most real.
  • * 1939 ,
  • A child’s brain starts functioning at birth; and has, amongst its many infant convolutions, thousands of dormant atoms, into which God has put a mystic possibility for noticing an adult’s act, and figuring out its purport .
  • (obsolete) disguise; covering
  • * Spenser
  • For she her sex under that strange purport / Did use to hide.