The explicit or direct meaning or set of meanings of a word or expression, as distinguished from the ideas or meanings associated with it or suggested by it; the association or set of associations that a word usually elicits for most speakers of a language, as distinguished from those elicited for any individual speaker because of personal experience.
In literature it is used as a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or seemingly stated.
The set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term and thus determining the range of objects to which that term may be applied; comprehension; intension.
Theme is the dominant idea that a writer is trying to convey to his readers in a work of literature.
The creation and convincing representation of fictitious characters.