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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A repeating idea in a work of art. Also: A feature in a decoration.

Usage examples (33)
  • The wallpaper had a floral motif throughout.
  • The ‘country’ motif is there all the time, but mainly as a background.
  • A familiar motif is that they operate at the very fringes of perception.
  • And the backs as well, which I bonded a little motif from the main fabric onto. for more
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  • The red and purple flower "motif" (a figure in a design) of the wallpaper was his "motive" (the inner drive that causes one to act) for moving out of the house.
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