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motif

mo·tif

motif

 
 
pronunciation:
mo tif
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a distinct formal unit such as a design, theme, or musical phrase that may repeat in, dominate, characterize, or be a prominent feature of an aesthetic or decorative work.
We see the artist's wave motif in many of her paintings.
similar words:
design, form, leitmotif, melody, pattern, phrase, recurrence, refrain, strain, style, theme
definition 2: a similar dominant or recurring element in folk tales, advertising or political campaigns, or the like.
similar words:
catch phrase, leitmotif, pattern, recurrence, theme