V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a repeated pattern of design or decoration; 2. a theme

Synonyms: design, pattern, theme, shape, figure, topic, concept, subject, style


Tips: Motif refers to any dominant theme or idea that unifies an artistic or literary work. Thus, it's also a design where certain patterns or elements are repeated, forming a theme. When motif refers to a repeated decoration or pattern, it is also sometimes called a motive.

Usage Examples:

This book's resounding motif is the loss of innocence. (theme)

The wallpaper in their bedroom has a geometric motif. (repeated design)

All of her dresses have a floral motif. (pattern)

We decided on a tropical motif for our guest bedroom. (theme, style)

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