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Definitions and Synonyms of motif | Another word for motif | What is motif?

Definition 1: a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for motif in the sense of this definition

(motif is a kind of ...) a decorative or artistic work

"the coach had a design on the doors"

Definition 2: a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where motif or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme

Synonyms for motif in the sense of this definition

(motif is a kind of ...) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

"it was not a good idea" "the thought never entered my mind"

(... is a kind of motif ) a traditional theme or motif or literary convention

"James Joyce uses the topos of the Wandering Jew in his Ulysses"

Definition 3: a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for motif in the sense of this definition

(motif is a kind of ...) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

"the theme is announced in the first measures" "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"

(... is a kind of motif ) a persistent but subordinate motif

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